January 31, 2017
Chuck Schumer: Constitutionally illiterate, or intentionally deceptive?
In a statement on Sunday regarding President Trump's moratorium on immigration from several majority-Muslim countries, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer described the policy as "unconstitutional" and said (emphasis mine): The refugee program should be for all religions that are persecuted. That's the point. There should not be a religious test. The Constitution prohibits it. Let's parse that carefully. The Constitution does, in fact, prohibit "religious tests" – but does it prohibit religious tests for foreign refugees? The relevant passage is Article VI, paragraph three: The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification...(Read Full Post)