Vet to Keep Out More Sharia-supremacists

Presidential candidate Donald Trump promised to protect the American people from what he called “radical Islamic terrorism” by instituting “extreme vetting” for would-be immigrants and refugees.  As president, he sought an opportunity to conduct such vetting by pausing further influxes from a number of problematic countries.

Although his initiative has been buffeted via adverse rulings by a succession of federal judges, the Supreme Court has basically upheld the president’s authority to impose such restrictions.  Now, in a National Security Presidential Memorandum unveiled yesterday, Mr. Trump established a new bureaucratic mechanism for doing this vetting.

Unfortunately, his mechanism may prove wholly inadequate in protecting the public from such foreign threats unless it adopts a sound basis for screening out jihadists.  An amicus brief we filed with the Supreme Court last year recommends the needed approach: accept no more Sharia-supremacists. We have plenty already.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.