Nov. 16, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging President Barack Obama to issue an immediate moratorium on all Middle East refugees and immigration, in light of the fact that at least one of the Paris bombers was a Syrian war refugee:
“President Obama, and every sane leader in the West, needs to immediately issue a moratorium against all refugees and immigration from the Middle East. Under U.S. law, the President singularly has discretion to allow refugees in, and to refuse entry. Generally, under 8 U.S.C. 1182(f) the President can refuse entry to any class of immigrant for any amount of time he deems appropriate. There are currently 16 such proclamations already in effect. It’s time for number 17.
“The fact is, even if only a tiny percentage of the Syrian war refugees were adherents to radical Islam, every country that lets them in must accept they are also inviting sleeper cells into their country. And since there is no way to scan them at the border, the only solution is to simply say no way. Not until this situation is under control.
“As for immigration, Congress should immediately suspend the chain migration system, not as a part of any overall reform, but just stop it dead in its tracks. Visas are issued to the relatives of U.S. citizens right now without any consideration of the merits of entry. The insanity at the border must be brought to an end immediately, or the American people will seek new leadership who will bring it to an end. Enough pussy-footing around. It’s time to get real.”
8 U.S.C. 1182(f) Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by President at https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/8/1182
Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate. Whenever the Attorney General finds that a commercial airline has failed to comply with regulations of the Attorney General relating to requirements of airlines for the detection of fraudulent documents used by passengers traveling to the United States (including the training of personnel in such detection), the Attorney General may suspend the entry of some or all aliens transported to the United States by such airline.
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