The House is scheduled to vote on a package of bills tomorrow, one of which would prevent The President from using 212(f) authority to suspend or restrict certain foreign nationals from entering the country if they pose a threat to U.S. interests, including on public health matters.
In a Rules Committee hearing last night on the legislation, Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler suggested that action taken by the President restricting foreign nationals from entering the country in order to protect the American people from coronavirus was “irrational,” and “doesn’t help the public health.”
REP. DEBBIE LESKO: Chairman Nadler, you stated just before that the President appropriately used 212(f) authority for the coronavirus response, but did not —
REP. JERRY NADLER: I didn’t say that.
REP. LESKO: Oh, you didn’t say that?
REP. NADLER: No, I said he’s used it many times appropriately.
REP. LESKO: Do you think then that it is appropriate under 212(f) for the COVID-19 response?
REP. NADLER: No, I don’t because it’s irrational and doesn’t help the public health.
The only thing that’s “irrational,” is Chairman Nadler’s claim.
Do other House Democrats agree with his assessment that restricting travel from other countries to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the United States is irrational and doesn’t help the public health?
In recent weeks, the President has used his 212(f) authority to restrict travel from other countries in order to protect the American people from the spread of the coronavirus:
- The White House, 1/31/20: “Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus”
- The White House, 2/29/20: “Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus”