In fact, I have been stopped by Immigration many times. That is what Immigration does. It makes sure you should come into our country. They stop me every time to check my Passport, ask what I did while away, who I met with and what I am bringing into the country.
Three times US Immigration has pulled me from the line and detained me while they looked things up on their computers. Irritating? Yes, but I am glad they do it.
I was detained when I entered Iraq to film our story of Abraham. It took two hours of questions and interrogation before we got in. Even then for two weeks we were never left without an escort and checked everywhere we went.
We were stopped in Rome for two hours until they vetted and cleared us, especially with all our equipment. I was “detained” in Istanbul Turkey, in Cairo Egypt and Dubai. In London we were detained because we didn’t have “an address.”
I was forbidden entry to Lebanon and Syria simply because I had an Israeli stamp in my passport. I could not enter until later when I acquired a new passport. Several times Israel stopped to question us at length because we had a Lebanese stamp in our US Passports.
Countries have the right AND the obligation to scrutinize, vet and restrict those who come into their country. Not only who comes in but why.
My relatives all came over from Europe but many people on the same boats were sent back because of diseases, criminal backgrounds or for many other reasons.And where were the hysterical media and Leftists in 2011 when Obama ordered that that no refugees from Iraq were allowed into the US?Generous and welcoming America had to be smart and that meant exclusive. Obama also sent people back who came from Ebola-affected countries.
Was our country wrong, immoral or un-Christlike to restrict people from countries with the Ebola Virus a few years back? No, of course not.
Then comes the question: “Is it Christian to do that?” What does that have to do with anything? Is it Christlike for a man to cut another man open with a knife? Yes, if he is a doctor removing cancer.
The government is not about being Christian or not Christian in this matter — it is about doing it’s God-given responsibility to protect its citizens! Every country has the right and obligation to do so. If allowing immigrants into a country is Christian or non-Christian, I would say our country has been the most Christian of all and has been very generous–but it also has to be careful. Being careful is not “un-Christian.”
People seem unaware of St. Paul’s exhortation about the role of government – and it is not to be walking around hugging everyone. Paul writes,
Romans 13:1–7 “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of him who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain; he is the servant of God to execute his wrath on the wrongdoer.”
For those who make no exceptions for Muslims, go visit Paris or Sweden or large areas of Germany and Holland. If you haven’t heard about what is goings on there then educate yourselves. Muslims in general do not assimilate into society. Islam is more a political ideology than it is a religion. This is where many people err. Islam drives toward a theocracy. It does not accept democracy. It’s ultimate goal is to have all people and countries under Sharia Law in obedience to Allah.
President Trump is only imposing this restriction on seven of the most egregious Muslim countries. I think they should include a few more like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Qatar but what he has done is a good start. This extra vetting of seven countries is not only not outrageous like the hysterical media says; rather, it is wise and proper.
As I understant it, his weekend 325,000 people entered the US. Only 300 were stopped and questioned and of those only 30 were detained. Yet the media made it sound like anyone without a valid US passport was sent home!
Many of the Muslims coming here are doing so with the very purpose of Islamizing the United States! All of them? No. And neither am I saying all should be kept out, but the ones who don’t want to respect us and our way of life should be kept out. Not just Muslims but anyone who does not respect our country and our form of government.
Wake up America! I am glad when Immigration vets people (even me) and I applaud Trump for being the first in a long time with the hutzpah and political incorrectness to do something about it.
Fr. George Rutler’s article On Immigration short, precise and correct!
President Trump’s Sunday afternoon statement:
(Pictures below: Muslims protesting in England and maybe someday in your hometown.)