Texas didn’t need a federal court to know it couldn’t do this. Neither did Indiana, Arizona, Florida or any states seeking to excuse themselves from what America has always done.
We welcome refugees in life-or-death straits.
“Oh, no, we don’t,” said those states. “Not if they’re Muslim.”
Oh, yes, you do, if the president orders it.
U.S. District Judge David Godbey is the latest federal judge to say so in rejecting Texas’ attempt to keep out Syrian refugees arriving under a 2015 Obama administration directive.
The ruling comes in the midst of political appeals to fear that are starting to make Sen. Joe McCarthy look like Mr. Rogers.
Judge Godbey pointed out the obvious: Immigration is a federal responsibility. What President Obama ordered not only is legal but almost too modest, considering the dire situation.