VIOLATING STATES RIGHTS has long been a favorite pastime of the Federal government.
A war that claimed approximately 620,000 soldiers lives in America's most costly war.
Since Mr. Lincoln's war the individual states - all states, not just those in the Confederacy, have kowtowed to the Federal government in fear of invasion by Federal troops. Some battles - such as the 55 mph national speed law - simply were not worth fighting; some were state-specific and no state could defend against the Federal's overwhelming power.
Perhaps for the first time since 1865, the states may once again consider standing up to Federal fiat.
THE ISSUE MORE THAN HALF of the states are having now with the Executive Branch is admission of Syrian "refugees" into the U.S.
Do the governors have the right to tell the Executive that they won't accept Syrian 'refugees" within their state's borders.
The Executive claims that only "women and children" will be allowed in and that all those applying for refugee status will be vigorously vetted to assure all are really "refugees" and not terrorists.
The governors reply that one of the Muslim terrorists who murders more than 100 French citizens and a few non-French as well, was allowed into France as a refugee. Are the French more open than the U.S.?
There IS a precedent for rejecting refugees.
The St. Louis, a German ship with more than 900 Jewish refugees from Hitler, was prevented from off-loading its passengers at any U.S. port.
- Apologists for the Roosevelt administration contend that claims that FDR cared nothing for the Jews or their plight argue that FDR made arrangements with Latin American countries to accept the passengers FDR apparently thought unworthy to step on American shores.
Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles, FDR’s man in the State Department, asked all U.S. ambassadors in Latin America to communicate the administration’s interest in providing places of refuge for persecuted Jews. Perhaps as a quid pro quo, Batista won the administration’s agreement to reduce the tariff on Cuban sugar and to back economic, technical, and military assistance to his government. When the Jews arrived in Cuba, Batista rejected the Jews visas and prevented their residence on the island.
Meanwhile, in the U.S.' western states, first and second generation Japanese-Americans were herded into concentration camps as potential enemy agents, even when some of the internees' kin were fighting for America. Not so German-Americans, even members of the Nazi Bund in the U.S. (The Japanese looked different, ergo their "relocation" to camps.)
It's possible that there would be LESS resistance if the Executive agreed to house the Syrian "refugees" in camps similar to the ones in which it forced America's own citizens to endure for the duration of WW2, camps surrounded by fences and barbed wire and patrolled by armed soldiers.
Americans are doubly concerned.
First the Executive has shown a marked inability to recognize Muslim terrorism. Second, it has failed to show any leadership in dealing with national security. Now it basically is asking Americans to "trust" it as it on one hand promotes acceptance of 10,000 Syrian "refugees" and on the other besmirches those who express reservations.
- "Apparently they (Republicans) are scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America," he said later. "At first, they were too scared of the press being too tough on them in the debates. Now they are scared of 3-year-old orphans. That doesn't seem so tough to me." CNN
According to a CBS report, Obama said it takes 18 to 24 months to clear a refugee for entry, following vetting by the U.S. intelligence community and other agencies as well as biometrics.
This begs the question: Are these "refugees" already vetted and Obama was hoping to make their admission into the U.S. a fait accompli, or are the 10,000 waiting to start the vetting process, and it so, - given all the armies marshaled against Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) does he think it will take that long to drive Daesh out of Syria and reinstall a government, one he helped to bring down with his "Arab Spring"?