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Mixed Feelings & Trying to Make Sense of It All

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President Trump renewed his call for the courts to approve his revised executive order, which would temporarily bar nationals from six predominately Muslim countries from entering the U.S. The Justice Department reported:

“The president is not required to admit people from countries that sponsor or shelter terrorism until he determines that they can be properly vetted and do not pose a security risk to the United States.”

(MSN used a photo with Cardinal Wuerl looking on in the back. Was it taken from the White House Prayer Breakfast?)

I have mixed feelings. The war against terror is a real conflict. I do not believe in singling out people as dangerous based on religion but it must be admitted that there are countries that harbor terrorists.

It is interesting that many will attack the President for wanting a better manner of vetting immigrants and visitors from other countries while the late F.D. Roosevelt remains beloved by the same critics even though he imposed Japanese-American internment on Jan. 14, 1942 against our own citizens.

I am troubled all around. How do we respect persons, protect rights and remain secure? I do not know the answer. In any case, injustice is not something new.