In an interview with the University Daily Kansan, Kris Kobach, conservative candidate for the Kansas 3rd, says this: “There are very specific flaws in our laws right now… For example, being a member of a terrorist organization is not a basis for deporting someone under U.S. law right now.”
Now I know foreigners don’t deserve rights, but lets look at the first amendment, briefly. “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, … or the right of the people peaceably to assemble.” Being member of an organization that advocates a point of view isn’t illegal, it’s only acting on that which is illegal. We can’t lock up every member of the KKK or NRA whenever a church is burned or a clinic is shot at for that reason and that reason only. There are members of Hamas who don’t blow things up. They feed hungry Palestinians and provide medical aid when ambulances can’t get past checkpoints. We could let those people into the country without fear, and keep out only the ones who build bombs.
And this isn’t just candidates for the House in podunk parts of Kansas. Mark Feehery, spokesman for Speaker Dennis Hastert said this in the Washington Post, “Our laws are not up to date with the war we’re fighting … [law enforcement] can’t keep [terror suspects] in detention, they can’t convict them, they don’t want to try them.… If you can’t detain them indefinitely, you sure don’t want them in America.” (my emphasis)
Because we wouldn’t want people in America we can’t detain indefinitely. I spoke with Feehery yesterday, and he insisted that it’s impossible to deport people to places like Syria or Saudi Arabia because they torture people. I asked why he doesn’t think the presumption of innocence applies, and he cited Moussaoui and John Gotti as people we had evidence against but can’t seem to convict. I pointed out that Moussaoui is on trial, and he hemmed and hawed. I failed to ask if he was endorsing deportation for suspected mob bosses. I pointed out that we do deport people to Syria and Saudi Arabia and Egypt, all of whom torture people, and he hemmed and hawed.