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Why should we go to all the trouble?

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Submitted by Paul137 (United States), Jan 13, 2016 at 00:31

Mr. Pipes's prescriptions for how-to-do-the-vetting impress me as useful and sensible, especially the interesting comment about repeating questions over time.

But why allow Muslims (***not*** just "Islamists") to come here in the first place and, therefore, have us burdened by all this existentially-crucial overhead? What benefit is it to the rest of us to have Muslims in the U.S.?

Short of fixing the First Amendment to recognize that the practice of Islam is incompatible with the survival of our civilization, we're stuck with Muslims who are already here as citizens (but we're not stuck with green-card holders). Certainly, though, we don't have to let any others in, as Jan Ting explained concisely here: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/thinktank/Court-rulings-support-Trumps-Muslim-immigration-plan-.html

Yes, Trump was overly broad with his implication that we could, currently, prevent Muslim citizens from (re-)entering the U.S.. But his underlying point wasn't "outrageous" by any means, and if we were a ***serious*** country, his proposal wouldn't be "dead-end."

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