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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

I Am Their Bona Fide Relationship

AN EDITED VERSION OF THIS POST NOW APPEARS ON LINE IN THE NEW YORK TIMES AS THE LEAD LETTER TO THE EDITOR (AND IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR TOMORROW IN HARD COPY).

 ("With 3 Words, Supreme Court Opens a World of Uncertainty for Refugees")

Well, I fully understand why the Supreme Court would fail to reject outright the travel ban Mr. Trump seeks to impose. After all, look at the spate of terrorist acts in this country that followed in the immediate aftermath of  the stay of Mr. Trump's intended executive order.

The court's ruling is an answer in search of a problem. History since 2001 has taught us that our fear of immigrants is grossly, wildly exaggerated. As we have created laws to address non-existent voter fraud, so too the Justices now throw the President a lifeline concerning an intended mandate grounded not in statistical confirmation but in bigotry, hatred and intolerance.

If the Justices want to apply the "bona fide relationship" test tell them it is with ME. Let those who have suffered the most egregious deprivations know that there are many who find their travails  the most compelling, bona fide reason to open our hearts and our borders to them. Our relationship with them is bonded not in who they may know here, but in our common humanity.

Shame on the Supreme Court.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is great, forceful and succinct.


R

Anonymous said...


if only "they" would listen lois

Anonymous said...

There is an even a bigger issue here if there is any chance of this nation continuing to have a semblance of a nation of laws. The travel ban imposed by this awful and monstrous president is foolhardy and unnecessary but that does not justify judges becoming back seat Commanders in Chief. Judges should never be permitted, under any circumstances whatsoever, to run roughshod over the Constitution. This is about the Constitution’s separation of powers, and the office of the Presidency, infinitely more than this one particular President. I’m always reminded of Robert Bolt’s words in Man for All Seasons:

> And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you—where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? (He leaves him) This country’s planted thick with laws from coast to coast—man’s laws, not God’s—and if you cut them down—and you’re just the man to do it—d’you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then?

JE

Anonymous said...

good one.
and now Justice Kennedy may retire….

JB

Anonymous said...

Well said!

In the end, hopefully, the case will be moot and America will survive the Donald!

Bob

Anonymous said...

Well deserved!

LF

harvey leeds said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEzQV75LDL0

Anonymous said...

Great! Congrats!

LS

Anonymous said...

You da man.

PB

Anonymous said...

Congrats and well said!

MM

Anonymous said...

BRAVO!!! WELL SAID!!!

CHARLENE

Anonymous said...

Thank you for another outstanding letter.

When my grandparents came to the United States, none of the four had a "bona fide relationship" to the country except the depth of their desire to escape the countries from which they were leaving, equaled by their desire to make a better life for themselves. Shame on the Court and everyone else chasing the immigrant bogey man.

J

Anonymous said...

Brilliant, as usual.

B