A little noticed provision slipped into the latest military funding authorization bill survived judicial scrutiny last week. While the provision only affects residents of Washington D.C. it could have ramifications nationwide.
The anti-immigration provision was allegedly added by Mitch McConnell in an effort to appease the Tea Party caucus. It reads, simply enough, “All non-native people residing within the boundaries of Washington, District of Columbia, shall be deported to their country of origin.”
A legal challenge to the provision went before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals where it was upheld. The Court noted Congress had the power to make laws affecting Washington D.C. The Court further ruled that the language “non-native” was not ambiguous – that the statute applied to any individual whose ancestry did not include the indigenous peoples of the North American Continent before the arrival of peoples of European descent. The Court also interpreted “residing” to mean individuals with permanent, seasonal, or temporary residence within the District of Columbia, and excluding those who visit, staying in the nation’s capital two weeks or less in any given year.
With its ruling, the temporary stay on enforcement will expire in 30 days, barring intervention by the Supreme Court. Given the 4 – 4 split on the Supreme Court, it is highly unlikely the matter will be taken up for review. By the end of May, 2016, virtually all Senators and Representatives will be deported back to their ancestor’s country of origin.
So, yesterday Hillary Clinton notched a victory in Wall Street’s home state. She now has 1893 delegates to Bernie Sanders’ 1180. Ms. Clinton only needs 490 delegates out of the remaining 1704 delegates still available to clinch the Democratic nomination. If not for the wisdom of the upper echelons of the Democratic Party, it would be a much closer race: 1424 to 1149. But Democratic Superdelegates have thrown their weight behind Wall Street’s choice and they will not be dissuaded by popular opinion. That’s what makes them so “super”.
On the other side of the political spectrum, Trump trounced the opposition in New York. He walked away with 60% of the vote to Cruz’s 15%. The Republican delegate count now stands at Trump, 845; Cruz,559; and Kasich, 147. Trump needs 392 out of the 734 still available to have the nomination locked up. If he keeps picking up delegates at the rate he did in New York, Trump will walk in owning the Republican Convention.
Now, while you, gentle reader, are digesting the ramifications of the above, for something completely different:
The Zoo recently learned that Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau has been secretly planning to build a wall between Canada and the U.S.
According to our sources, the influx of Americans fleeing the U.S. should Trump get elected will exceed Canada’s capacity to welcome all foreigners with welcome arms, Maple leafs and hockey pucks.
The proposed wall will be situated along the border between Washington State and Canada, to keep western liberals from migrating northward. Trudeau’s advisors feel the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River will provide enough of a deterrent to east coast liberals.
Trudeau expects Trump to pay for the wall. “That will be easy” one advisor said, “We’ll just tell Trump that Canada is like Mexico North, and the country on the south side of the wall has to pay for the wall.”
America is a stained glass window, pieced together some 200 years ago by men with hope and a vision for the future. Even then, some of the panes were stained obscurely dark, but the overall picture was bright with promise.
Over the years the brightness faded, to be refurbished every now and then. Lately, it seems, some have taken to throwing stones at the window, shattering a pane here and there.
Will the window ever be rebuilt so that all the panes are bright and light? No. But the dark gives us the contrast by which we appreciate the light.
Maybe it’s not about making America great again – – maybe it’s about making America greater than it ever was.