People are protesting President Trump’s recent executive order which has paused immigration from several Middle Eastern countries. The ACLU won a small victory in a class action lawsuit against the President, in which a New York federal judge ordered a stay on the removal of those affected by Trump’s executive order.
Although it wasn’t exactly the same, nor as expansive, President Obama did place a 6-month pause in Iraqi refugees coming to the United States in 2011.
As Kimberly Strassel noted in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, no one protested or filed lawsuits.
KIMBERLEY STRASSEL, WALL STREET JOURNAL: Well, I mean, the green card thing is actually pretty straight-forward. The point I think he was trying to make is that if you have a green card you’re not going to be kept out of the country. But you will be subjected to further questioning when you come.
CHUCK TODD, MEET THE PRESS: And that’s the issue of whether that’s constitutional. And that may not be constitutional and that could be where this order gets stayed.
KIMBERLEY STRASSEL: Well, look, this is also not unprecedented, by the way. I mean, Barack Obama put a pause for six months on refugees coming from Iraq back in 2011. I don’t remember protestors and I don’t remember lawsuits. So I think the bigger question if this is a temporary pause, which is designed for us to improve and look at our vetting processes, and indeed temporary, I don’t necessarily think that’s an outrageous idea. But the bigger question should be implementation. Did you get it right from the start?