Sunday, February 19, 2017

Guy W. Farmer: Time to truly enforce immigration law

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I agree with nationally syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer, who wrote Trump’s executive order halting immigration from seven mostly Muslim nations was “legal but stupid” because while the president has broad authority “to exclude the entry of aliens,” Trump’s moratorium “caused enormous disruption without making us any safer.”

This seems to be yet another example of sloppy White House staff work. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly fell on his sword and accepted responsibility for the botched moratorium rollout, but ultimate responsibility belongs to the inexperienced, headstrong occupant of the Oval Office. The rollout could have benefited from some professional public diplomacy, which I discussed in last Sunday’s column. Sometimes it isn’t what you say, it’s the way you say it. ...

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