There’s been a firestorm of controversy over GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s plan to halt Muslim immigration until the vetting process from Homeland Security can be strengthened, and the strongest criticism has come from the White House. Yesterday, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that Trump should be disqualified from the race over his proposal, but look what the Democrats’ beloved Jimmy Carter did during his term. Here’s a hint – it’s much worse than what Trump is proposing.
Many were alive and remember the Iranian Hostage Crisis back in 1980 while Carter was in office. Just as our nation faces a threat from fundamental elements of Islam now, it faced similar dangers from Iranians back then. To deal with the threat, Carter implemented a ban on all Iranians, preventing them from entering the country, but he didn’t stop there.
An excerpt from his April 7, 1980 speech reads:
Fourth, the Secretary of Treasury [State] and the Attorney General will invalidate all visas issued to Iranian citizens for future entry into the United States, effective today. We will not reissue visas, nor will we issue new visas, except for compelling and proven humanitarian reasons or where the national interest of our own country requires. This directive will be interpreted very strictly.
Pretty straightforward, isn’t it? But like I said, Carter didn’t stop with halting Iranian immigration. He went even further by having Iranian students report to immigration centers to have their visas inspected, and if they were found to be expired, Carter deported them. Could you imagine something like that happening now?
Apparently, the Supreme Court even signed off on Carter’s actions:
Carter orders 50,000 Iranian students in US to report to immigration office with view to deporting those in violation of their visas. On 27 December 1979, US appeals court allows deportation of Iranian students found in violation.
Carter invoked the Nationality Act of 1952 to justify his actions, and it led to around 15,000 Iranians being forced to leave the country after being given a month to report to immigration centers. Oddly enough, within the law is justification for Trump’s plan as well. It bans the entry of “(11) Aliens who are polygamists or who practice polygamy or advocate the practice of polygamy,” which should sound familiar to anybody paying attention.
There’s more as well that would justify Trump’s plan. Below are provisions within the law that would prevent those in favor of Sharia law and those seeking to impose it in our nation by any means necessary from entering the country:
(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 405(b) , no person shall hereafter be naturalized as a citizen of the United States-
(4) who advocates or teaches or who is a member of or affiliated with any organization that advocates or teaches (A) the overthrow by force or violence or other unconstitutional means of the Government of the United States or of all forms of law; or (B) the duty, necessity, or propriety of the unlawful assaulting or killing of any officer or officers (either of specific individuals or of officers generally) of the Government of the United States or of any other organized government because of his or their official character; or (C) the unlawful damage, injury, or destruction of property; or (D) sabotage; or
(5) who writes or publishes or causes to be written or published, or who knowingly circulates, distributes, prints, or displays, or knowingly causes to be circulated, distributed, printed, published, or displayed or who knowingly has in his possession for the purpose of circulation, publication, distribution, or display, any written or printed matter, advocating or teaching opposition to all organized government, or advocating (A) the overthrow by force, violence, or other unconstitutional means of the Government of the United States or of all forms of law; or (B) the duty, necessity, or propriety of the unlawful assaulting or killing of any officer or officers (either of specific individuals or of officers generally) of the Government of the United States or of any other organized government, because of his or their official character; or (C) the unlawful damage, injury, or destruction of property; or (D) sabotage; or (E) the economic, international, and governmental doctrines of world communism or the establishment in the United States of a totalitarian dictatorship; or
(6) who is a member of or affiliated with any organization, that writes, circulates, distributes, prints, publishes, or displays, or causes to be written, circulated, distributed, printed, published, or displayed, or that has in its possession for the purpose of circulation, distribution, publication, issue, or display, any written or printed matter of the character described in subparagraph (5).
The glaring difference between the two cases, as noted by Front Page Mag, is that while Trump is targeting a toxic supremacist ideology, Carter targeted a nationality. Ideology is a choice, and as such, can be reversed or otherwise changed, where your nationality stays with you forever.
If either plan has racist origins, it’s Carter’s. Beliefs aren’t a race, unless of course you assume all Muslims are Arab, which you would be wrong.
Funny how when the past doesn’t align with the current narrative, the left seems to forget it, isn’t it? One of their own did something worse than what’s being proposed now, even though it seems as if Trump would be able to enact his plan under the law, and there hasn’t been a single word about it. Make sure you spread this far and wide so that everyone can see the glaring hypocrisy we’re dealing with in Obama’s America.