Let’s not get lost in the weeds in another inane debate about whether President Trump can or should do this. He has the constitutional right and the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) affirmed that.
Instead let’s consider the most obvious and dangerous flaw in the travel ban.
Following the history of terrorist attacks in Europe, one fact stands out—the majority of these attacks were carried out by young Muslims, who feel alienated from the mainstream culture of their adopted homelands.
The sons and daughters of Muslim immigrants who came to the West for a better life free from political reprisals or economic hardships.
Many of these immigrants settled in poor metropolitan districts next to fellow immigrants isolated from the larger society. This has always been the history of first generation immigrants.
The hope—realized for the most part in the past—is that their children and grandchildren will have better lives.
But now we are faced with alienated young men and women, who feel very much as if they are English, German or French because they have known no other life but the West.
However, because they are not accepted by other citizens of their adoptive countries, they turn to groups that will embrace them. The attraction to radical Islam is not unlike young blacks drawn into gangs as a surrogate family for protections and acceptance in America’s poor inner city neighborhoods.
The flaw: These disaffected, angry, radicalized Muslims are precisely the ones who pose the greatest threat and they are the ones permitted into the United States because of close family ties.
This truth is not an argument against President Trump’s travel ban. It’s simply recognition that the effort to keep potential terrorist from entering America will not be completely effective.