Friday, September 21, 2018

For The Left, Trump's Greatest Crime Is Enforcing The Law

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President Trump’s decision to shutter the Palestine Liberation Organization mission office in Washington has his opponents up in arms. Former State Department advisor Aaron David Miller, writing in USA Today, wailed that the move left hopes of peace in the Middle East “broken and shattered.” The LA Times assailed the move as “the latest step backward” and recalled the halcyon days of 2011 when “the Obama administration permitted the Palestinian flag to fly over the office.” Yet contrary to the claims of the president’s critics, the decision to close the PLO mission wasn't actually Trump's at all. It constitutes not a change in law but rather enforcement of the law, albeit 30 years late, after Congress officially prohibited the Palestinian group from maintaining an office anywhere in the United States in accordance with the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1987.
In June, the mainstream media howled when federal immigration officers detained illegal aliens and the minors they dragged across the border in separate facilities while the adults awaited prosecution. Vanity Fair called the arrangement “jails for toddlers,” while The Washington Post wailed, “Trump’s family-separation policy faces international condemnation.” The only problem with their huffing is that, like the PLO decision, the family separation policy too was no invention of President Trump. While Hollywood actress Debra Messing bemoaned Trump’s election over Hillary Clinton in 2016 as leading to the “catastrophe” of the administration “ripping children away from parents seeking asylum,” that policy was actually initiated under the administration of Hillary Clinton’s husband and has been on the books for over two decades per the 1997 Flores settlement.
Read the rest from Michael J. Knowles HERE.

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