Consular Officers Need Only Use Rubber Stamps, DENIED
By Harry M. Covert
Admittedly, humanoids have a tendency to talk and talk. When applause and attention grow, orations are louder and louder. The point here is that troubles arise when promises become loud and louder but become wearying.
Could this be more evident than the national harangue over the rewritten immigration rules flailing around from the most powerful office in the world?
President Trump initiated a ban on refugees shortly after his enthroning (amid pomp and circumstance). Immediately, opponents seized on objections. It remains a lightning rod. Federal judges rebuked the rookie president. Talking has continued at maximum decibels. Thus his ban on any refugees for a few months didn’t go into effect. Not surprisingly, the judges again put the kibosh on the travel ban.
Without question, whoever controls the Oval Office constitutionally has the authority to restrict entrance to the nation if she or he sees security threats.
To ease the fighting and squabbling, Mr. Trump can easily bypass the federal courts. First get out of campaign mode, soften his tone only a tiny bit and avoid a bitter battle with the judiciary. How could that happen? To solve the danger of terrorist immigrants arriving in various illegal ways he could have accomplished it rather easily.
Infighting among politicians is certainly nothing new. It is probably for Trumpians. Yes, the combat can be fun and entertaining, but it fogs the field on matters of governing.
Had Trump kept quiet about any ban over the past 50 days or so, U.S. consular officers around the world could have handled the issue. The fact: Consulates need only to refuse visa requests. Federal codes spell out the rules and regulations. It is done daily.
Dealing with the public servants in visa and passport offices is no easy matter. The same holds true with their foreign counterparts. Doubters need only visit Embassy Row on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington.
Far be it from me to advise the new chief executive on dealing with the insiders. But why not? Instead of all executive orders floating around, Mr. Trump could have dispatched one of his acolytes to Foggy Bottom to inform any leftover consular workers to “just say no.”
There’s no need to fire up enemies and friends with loud campaign words. Leave the dirty work to faithful minions who know the score.
This may sound like a sincerely sneaky suggestion. It is. It would work. With no visas granted in either of the immigration categories — problem solved.
All the hullabaloo endured over the proposed ban could have been avoided. The discussion would be moot.
Many refugees of the last half-century have waited years to receive their visas, work permits and start classes for citizenship.
It is obvious the new president likes to fight. In all likelihood, he won’t curb his vast communication skills. He is No. 1 in all the news stories.
Time has come to give his subjects a moratorium, please. Give guidance, talk less and, as President Theodore Roosevelt advised, “speak softly and carry a big stick.”
This column appeared in The Frederick News-Post, March 28, 2017 and is used with permission.