Can A Compromise Be Reached On Trump's Travel Ban?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses during a meeting with members of the National Border Patrol Council at Trump Tower, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Well, this is an interesting thought, and I’d say it’s very much a compromise worth exploring.

This is one of those ideas that makes me perk up and say, “Well, there you go!”


To begin, experts are suggesting that President Trump not rush the appeal of a court’s decision to strike down the travel ban implemented through executive order.

That is, wait until Neil Gorsuch is confirmed to the Supreme Court.

 A prominent legal expert said that the administration should wait to appeal until Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch gets to the court, giving Trump a 5-4 majority and in the meantime put the tracking devices on any refugee or visitor.

“Going to the Supreme Court now could result in a widely predicted 4-4 decision,” warned George Washington University Law Professor John Banzhaf.

And I would say that is solid advice.

Trump, in his current position, needs to shore up his moves by putting safeguards in as many areas as possible. Getting another conservative voice in the Supreme Court would be one area taken care of.

The other move is one that is fashioned after Germany’s model.

Not that Germany has been doing a great job of keeping their nation from being overrun and in chaos, but the right combination could make this doable.


Germany uses trackers, or GPS, on those considered to have terrorist ties.

Maybe those coming into this nation now could be subject to the same scrutiny, until a decision on the travel ban is reached?

“Imposing such conditions on admission is fully consistent with 8 USC 1182(f) which expressly gives the president the authority to ‘impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.’ It is also more likely to be upheld since it is far less objectionable than a total ban,” he said.

Currently, ankle bracelets are widely used by law enforcement and immigration agencies and Banzhaf suggested that it can be expanded and would be accepted by the nation.

Ok. We know liberals would absolutely HOWL over this, but outrage is their default mode for everything they didn’t come up with, so the administration would be within their rights to just ignore it.

“There have now been several major terrorist incidents in which authorities pointed out that they were suspicious of the perpetrator, but did not have sufficient information to arrest him, nor the vast resources necessary to provide effective surveillance of everyone under suspicion. GPS systems incorporated in ankle bracelets permit one agent to track hundreds of suspects in real time, and provide computer generated alerts if he goes anywhere suspicious (e.g., near a nuclear power plant), meets with other persons likewise wearing ankle monitors,” he said.


I like that idea.

A reasonable list of “off limits” or at least “cautionary” locations could be generated and movements could be watched according to those locations.

For instance, a 20-year old immigrant from Iran with no children is tracked near a school more than once, flag it for a check.

Ok, I’m just throwing things at the wall, here, but you get my point.

This might be one way to work a compromise that quells (most) tensions.

We’ve got to start somewhere.



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