Ted Cruz and Ted Poe Introduce S. 2363, the Enabling Bigoted Governors Act
Under United States law, states aren’t in charge of immigration; such matters are part the federal government’s jurisdiction. Indeed, Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution not only declares that it is the role of the U.S. Congress to “provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States,” but also specifically “to establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization,” the process by which those admitted to U.S. borders are handled, treated and granted status up to and including that of citizenship.
Senate bill S. 2363 and its House companion H.R. 4197 (introduced by Republican presidential candidate and Senator Ted Cruz and by Republican Representative Ted Poe, respectively) aims to change all that. Under their legislation, a refugee already admitted entry into the United States as a fully legal immigrant (after a process of multiple background checks lasting longer than a year) could be barred from entering a state by a Governor of that state if, “in the sole determination of the Governor,” the refugee poses a risk. The Governor of a state wouldn’t have to provide proof, or even reasoning, behind his or her decision. All the Governor would have to do is issue a declaration and just like that, a single refugee, a family of refugees, or an entire class of refugees could be banned from living in a state. Theirs is legislation to unleash bigots and privilege discrimination over principles of equality, justice and fairness.
In other news, some 239 years ago a bunch of lowlife immigrants and refugees somewhere in North America decided that they’d had enough of the arbitrary exercise of power by an unaccountable king who used his power to treat people with capricious unfairness. They were undoubtedly security threats, all of them.