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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • President's executive order a threat to national security

  • During last month's state of the union address, President Barack Obama vowed to use his power to issue executive orders as a means of getting around Congress in order to get what he wants.
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  • During last month's state of the union address, President Barack Obama vowed to use his power to issue executive orders as a means of getting around Congress in order to get what he wants. And he has already started. Last week, the president issued a directive that made it easier for those who had given "limited" support to terrorist groups to immigrate to the U.S. No, this is not a joke. In the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, any foreign national involved in terrorism at any level_including those who did not take part in violence but who publicly supported terrorist groups or were involved in propaganda campaigns at any level_have been barred from entry into the U.S. Now those whose past support of terror is considered "limited" will be able to come to the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security promises, though, that each such individual will have to pass a rigorous security check. Well, that certainly makes one feel more secure. Supporters argue that not everyone suspected of supporting terrorist groups is guilty. And they point to individual cases where people made "mistakes" as youths but have changed their mindsets in intervening years. Such anecdotes may stir the emotions, but are irrelevant. Being allowed to cross our border is not a right, but a privilege. And our national security comes before even the most compelling of sob stories. "President Obama should be protecting US citizens rather than taking a chance on those who are aiding and abetting terrorist activity and putting Americans at greater risk," U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told the Associated Press. We agree. The president should consider something else. The White House wants comprehensive immigration reform. While he can do some things through executive orders, he can't do it all. He will need cooperation from lawmakers, including Republicans. That will require a certain level of trust. And actions like this makes such trust nearly impossible. ___
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