I have long supported President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE’s efforts to make American safe again, including his travel ban for individuals coming to the U.S. from terrorist safe havens. We live in troubling times, where multitudes of bad actors from these nations want to exploit our generosity by coming to the U.S. to do harm to Americans. Because of these continuous threats, I believe the travel ban is much needed policy.

However, over the last year and a half, we have seen the travel ban tangled in liberal judicial activism and misleading political rhetoric, hindering President Trump from executing his duties to secure our homeland. It was great to see the Supreme Court cut through the noise and look at the policy head on to determine that the travel ban is well within the president’s power.


The American people, rightfully, chose a candidate they knew would take these global dangers seriously. That’s why the Trump administration implemented the travel ban to begin with. The countries on the travel ban list have embedded terrorist populations, do not keep records that would allow American officials to vet the individuals, and do not cooperate with immigration officials. Further, many of these countries are where ISIS has ties, and they have openly admitted they will infiltrate our refugee and visa programs to send fighters to do harm to American citizens. With these conditions, it’s evident that we need extreme vetting for people coming from these regions.

The left has spun this as immoral – as a Muslim ban. This could not be further from the truth. There is nothing immoral about protecting American citizens, and the largest Muslim majority populations in the world are not on the list because they adhere to U.S. protocols.

We have a right to know who is entering our country and where they are coming from for national security purposes. The Constitution prescribes this right to Congress and the executive branch, not the activist courts. The court’s role is to determine the constitutionality of either branches actions, and in this case, the president’s actions were well within the scope of executive authority. As Chief Justice John Roberts states in the majority opinion, “The proclamation is expressly premised on legitimate purposes: preventing entry of nationals who cannot be adequately vetted and inducing other nations to improve their practices. The text says nothing about religion.”

The statute is extremely clear, but for months activist judges played politics with the safety and security of the country based on their ideology, not the rule of law. Judges have a responsibility to examine the law for what it says, not whether they like or agree with who is in power at that time – plain and simple.

The commonsense travel ban should have been implemented from the start to address this ever growing threat – a threat ignored by the Obama administration. The types of precautions in the travel ban are necessary to ensure the safety and security of the American people from those that want to harm us.

The Trump victory in court is a victory for the rule of law, American sovereignty, and the safety of our homeland. Let’s move past the obsession with political correctness and start pursuing policies that make our nation safe.  

I am proud the rule of law prevailed so that we can continue to Make America Great Again.

Duncan represents South Carolina's 3rd District.