RUSH: Here is number eight US Code 1182, inadmissible aliens. This law was written in 1952. It was passed by a Democrat-controlled Congress, House and Senate, and signed by a Democrat president.
"Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by president. Whenever the president finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, the president may, by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate."
Over here, everybody in the establishment in the political class, Republican, Democrat, media, you name it, is all claiming that what Trump said is dumb, stupid, reckless, dangerous, unconstitutional, while it is the law of the land. And it was utilized by Jimmy Carter, no less, in 1979 to keep Iranians out of the United States, but he actually did more. He made all Iranian students already here check in, and then he deported a ton of 'em.
There is precedent for everything Donald Trump has said he wants to do. And if you listen to the wizards of smart in this country and our political establishment, you will think that this stuff is just unheard of, it's almost unspeakable, it's just indecent. Here we have in the establishment the reputed best and brightest, the smartest. We're not even qualified to be in their company no less. And they're dunces on this.
In November the 1979 United States attorney general had given all Iranian students one month to report to the local immigration office. Seven thousand were found in violation of their visas, 15,000 Iranians were forced to leave the United States, 1979. When this law, inadmissible aliens I just read to you, which I'm gonna be reading a lot to you today to the point you're gonna get tired of hearing it, but you won't forget it.
This law was passed in 1952. Do you know what was going on in 1952, among other things? There was no immigration in 1952. It was shut down. Immigration was shut down 1924 to 1965. And why did we have this? What was the need for this in 1952? Oh, yeah, we had rampant illegal immigration. I'm talking about we suspended legal immigration from 1924 to 1965, but we were being overrun in 1952 like we always are. We're the last great hope of the world. That law was written to allow the president to keep undesirables out and to kick undesirables out. There's no mystery.
RUSH: I've got to remind you of something here, folks. The Jimmy Carter stuff that I just told you about, all of these statements that Jimmy Carter made were made in public, and the announcements that he made that he was gonna send Iranians home, Iranian students home, that they had to report to immigration, they had to confirm they were here legally, those who weren't were sent back. They put a moratorium on all Iranians being allowed in the country back in 1979.
Carter did that publicly. He announced it in public, and he announced it proudly. Cookie has been scouring our archives and all of the other archives that are out there to try to find Carter audio. But she can't. And the reason is, the networks are not digging it up and playing it for anybody. The networks have it, is the point. There is video of Jimmy Carter making these announcements. ABC, CBS, NBC, the odds are, have video of Jimmy Carter, just as they do of Reagan and Nixon and all the way back to Kennedy, when television started, they've got it. They're just not interested in finding it. They're not interested in dredging it up and playing it for anybody.
These are not proclamations on a Friday night document dump where nobody was paying attention. Carter proudly announced these maneuvers in public. And the Drive-Bys, if they were doing their jobs, would be digging into their archives trying to find this. But it's not in their interests, because right now they're all trying to say that what Trump has proposed is unconstitutional, it's ugly. What Trump wants to do is dangerously ugly. It ignores the law, it ignores the Constitution, and it feeds into our worst impulses. It feeds into the worst aspects of who we are, just ugly. In fact, it's not, it's been used before. It's been United States law since 1952. Get back to that here in just a second. I got another salient point to make about that, but I want to tell you about SurveyUSA. Now, listen to this.
They just completed two surveys in cities near San Bernardino. Their focus was on Trump's declaration that the United States should block any Muslims from entering the country. In both of these cities near San Bernardino, the majority of adults polled supported Trump's proposal. In fact, more than a third of adults in both of these cities strongly agreed with the idea that Muslims should be barred from entering the country. In both cities, more people strongly agreed with the idea than strongly disagreed. You combine the "strongly agree" and "somewhat agree," you combine that, and you are well into a majority of people who agree with Trump on this.
There was a partisan split, as you might expect, but even among Democrats, more than a quarter of them answering the poll strongly agreed with Trump's idea. When have 25% of Democrats agreed with any Republican idea? Can you recall? When have 25% of Democrats ever agreed with any Republican proposal? The Washington Post is the source for this. The Washington Post reports the results of SurveyUSA's data, and the Washington Post notes that both of these towns heavily voted Obama in 2008 and 2012. And a majority clearly now agree with Trump.
So here again, number 8 United States Code, inadmissible aliens. "Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by president. Whenever the president finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may, by proclamation," meaning he doesn't have to go back and get a new vote. This law empowers him to stand up and do what Jimmy Carter did. "He may, by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary --" until next week, until next year, until whenever he wants "-- suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate."
Now, apparently our armchair constitutional scholars inside the Beltway think that United States code must be unconstitutional, 'cause they're running around saying it'd be unconstitutional what Trump is suggesting, ridiculous, you can't do that, it would be horrible. It's right there in the United States statutory law. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, written and passed by Democrat-controlled Congress and signed into law by a Democrat president. Trump's proposal is legal because all of our immigration laws have always barred some groups of people based on their actions or ethnicity or nationality.
The very first US immigration law was the Chinese Exclusionary Act of 1882. Then there was the Anarchist Exclusion Act of 1903, which we have discussed on this program. But this has reminded me of something. A couple of weeks ago Obama went on TV, as he is wont to do, and said (imitating Obama), "We do not have a religious test for people entering our country. It doesn't matter what they believe. We have freedom of religion in this country, whatever amendments since then. And it's the law, it's our law, and we cannot ask people about their religion, and we certainly cannot use what they say as a reason to keep --" And I was forced to remind everybody that not only can we, we must, because it is also American statutory law. We must ask immigrants seeking asylum what their religious beliefs are. We have done it. We continue to do it. Here's why.
The primary reason most refugees give for seeking asylum is that they are fleeing religious persecution in whatever war torn place they're coming from. During the interview process, it is required that we investigate that. "What religion are you?" we ask. They must tell us. Based on what they tell us, we then examine whether or not there is indeed persecution of that religious belief in the place where the immigrant, the refugee, is coming from. We dealt with this a couple of weeks ago. Obama said you could never have a religious test for refugees, and we showed that a religious test is actually written into the statutes that govern refugees and asylum.
You know, the thing is here, folks, whether we're talking about the hard left or the progressive left or these RINO type Republicans and the commentariat, these people are actually making up a new Constitution and body of law as they go along based on how they feel. So Trump comes along, they do not know about this law. They obviously don't know it or they wouldn't be making fools of themselves saying what they're saying. They don't know the law exists. Trump proposes that we put a moratorium on Muslims entering the country, and they just have a conniption fit and they talk about how it's violating the Constitution and it makes a mockery of our system and it makes a mockery of our values and this is not who we are. They're just telling us how they feel, but they are certainly not knowledgeable of the Constitution. They're making it up.
Tom Brokaw is one of many out there claiming what Trump wants to do so is unconstitutional, it's in violation of United States law, it would never stand up in court. He doesn't know what he's talking about, but he certainly is letting us know how he feels about it and making up his own law and his own Constitution as he goes, as they are all doing.
So as a result the last thing that they want anybody to do is actually look at what the law of the United States is. And they certainly don't want us looking at the history of this country because they certainly do not want us finding any precedent for anything that, in this case, Trump has suggested. So now we have the soap opera, the daily soap opera that is the narrative of the day written by the media in Washington, and we've got the same thing about history.
We have the daily narrative, the daily soap opera script about what US history is and what it isn't. Every one of these people that are denouncing Trump are living in fantasy land, and they're doing so with an out-of-control ego and superiority and supremacy about themselves that they are untouchable intellectually. They're smarter than any of us. They know; we don't. They are clueless about what they are talking about, and they are presented before us as the opinion leaders we should know, believe, love, and trust.
This is why -- again, my friends -- we wrote Rush Revere's Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans. It's to tell the truth of the American founding, truthful American history written for eight- to 11-year-olds. The latest book came out in October, Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner. This is one of the many reasons why that whole project exists and why we've taken it on, and why we're so grateful it's doing so well.