In February I wrote about a looming constitutional crisis. I believe that crisis is now here.
Referring to President Trump’s travel ban executive order being struck down by a Washington Judge, I said “If for some reason higher courts uphold Judge Robart’s ruling, then we will be in the middle of a constitutional crisis. Right now, we are in the beginning stages of this specific scenario.”
To a degree this statement has come to pass.
Last week President Trump signed a revised executive order that barred non-citizen travel into the United States from six Middle Eastern countries. These countries were labeled by the Obama administration as “countries of concern” when it comes to radical Islamic terrorism. It’s important to mention that President Obama’s administration carried out a similar action on immigration from Iraq in 2011.
It did not take long for news to break that another federal judge, this time in Hawaii, put a temporary restraining order on President Trump's revised Executive Order on immigration.
Interestingly, the judge wrote a 40 plus page ruling just two hours after he heard the arguments for both sides. He must be a fast writer or he had this ruling written prior to hearing the case.
Article 8, Section 1182, part F in federal law states:
Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.
This couldn’t be clearer. It is up to the executive branch to regulate immigration. Not judges.
Article I, Section 2, Clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution states: “The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.” (Emphasis added.)
It’s time for the House of Representatives to introduce articles of impeachment for U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii and U.S. District Judge James Robart in Washington. The House needs a simple majority to impeach and the Senate will then put the individual on trial needing two-thirds of the senators to vote for impeachment in order to convict.
In reality, it is not likely that anyone would be removed from office or officially impeached since it is unlikely any Democrats would vote for impeachment. But it is not an exercise in futility to at least engage in the process of impeachment as it would serve to put the judiciary on notice that rogue judges would be held accountable for their politically motivated decisions.
For far too long federal judges and even the Supreme Court have issued rulings which are outside their jurisdiction as outlined in the Constitution resulting in a tyrannical judiciary that rules on ideology rather than on the letter of the law. If we allow this reckless trend to continue, we’ll be run solely by men in black robes and there will be no need to hold elections for any kind of representative government. The black robed oligarchy we are witnessing now in America cannot be allowed to continue its overreach any longer. Something must be done.