Some Thoughts On The Revised Travel Ban

This site was created as a random place for me to put all my abstract nonsense. Then it became a blog about centering consensus as an approach to our current political moment. Now it has returned to its original self, what it was always meant to be.

If for some inexplicable reason, you’re curious about the political interlude… well, I’ve left it all out there for you. But I recommend neglect.


Despite clarifying some big questions about the original ban, the revisions do not appear to change the nature of the original order in any substantive way. It still has a direct and immediate impact on tens of thousands of people, with no discernable improvement to American safety.

This opinion is not controversial; two out of three Americans agree that the ban will not make us safer. And while the language of the executive order makes the case that the listed nations struggle with terrorism internally, it fails to show any verifiable threat to Americans at home.

Without a strong reason for urgency, we are left to wonder: is there no way to audit or improve the current multi-year vetting process without an outright halt? Surely it must be possible to both continue accepting refugees and increase security. If anything, observing the process in action should lead to a smoother and more revealing audit, while also being an easier sell on the legal side of things. Instead, we will just have to watch how the judicial pinball plays out.

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