The media clearly doesn’t know what to do about Donald Trump—but Trump knows how to handle the media.
This is driving the left-wing media nuts. At the same time, the contest is playing out to the delight of millions of Americans who support him.
Nowhere is this division between what America’s self-appointed elites think and what ordinary Americans want more stark than it is over Muslim immigration.
A Rasmussen poll this week reported that a plurality (46%) of all voters favor the temporary ban on Muslim immigration that Trump proposed. Among Republicans the number was 66%. Forty percent of all voters are opposed.
The idea caused uproar from the left, led by the president, who denies the existence of Islamic terrorism and wants to increase immigration from Muslim countries. Some on the left have argued that the federal government can’t base immigration policy on religious affiliation—that it would be unconstitutional. In fact, however, the Constitution gives Congress the power to enact immigration policy—no strings attached.
Professor Jan C. Ting of Temple University agrees. “No kind of immigration restriction is unconstitutional,” he writes. “The U.S. government can exclude a foreign national on any basis.”
Perhaps most people today don’t even know that immigration was virtually halted by President Coolidge and Congress from 1920 until the 1965 law that replaced it or that President Carter halted immigration from Iran in 1980.
Today, Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL), has sponsored legislation in the House called the Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015.
The bill prohibits admitting refugees from countries that have significant territory controlled by an organization designated by the State Department to be a Foreign Terrorist Organization. It specifically names Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen as countries containing terrorist-controlled territory while also giving the State Department authority to identify and designate additional countries.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has sponsored a companion bill in the Senate.
This bill builds on over 100 years of Congressionally-controlled immigration law and agrees with both Trump’s proposal and the wishes of the American people. Additional Rasmussen polling reveals that Americans believe it is too easy for foreigners to enter the U.S. (59%) and 65% understand the that San Bernardino shooters were radical Islamic terrorists.
Why the left and even establishment Republicans prefer increased Muslim immigration to the security of the country remains an open question—but it is clear that the American people don’t agree.
Trump remains popular because he is tapping into policies that the American people favor. The media remain frustrated that they’ve lost control of the narrative on immigration and national security.