MRCTV readers likely are aware of the fact that Joe Biden recently “ordered” that foreign shippers coming into the U.S. via ground vehicle or to the U.S. by boat must show proof of so-called “vaccination.”
Saturday was the day his order went into effect, with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stating, in part:
Beginning on January 22, 2022, DHS will require non-U.S. individuals seeking to enter the United States via land ports of entry and ferry terminals at the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise nationwide.
There are, of course, more than a few major problems with that.
Of course, the Canadian government already established that rule for truckers trying to bring shipments into their country via the northern U.S. border, and for Canadian truckers going into the US and trying to return, and the practical result has been an utter disaster, overwhelming supply chains and worsening truck driver shortages that have already seen rising food inflation and shortages of certain products, per Bloomberg.
Tens of thousands of Canadian Truckers and their supporters currently are engaged in a powerful slow-roll protest to Ontario, and they do not plan on leaving until the government backs off.
And, as I noted would happen at border crossings such as Nogales, Arizona, the very Nazi-like process of having to check “jab status papers” is slowing down those who actually have gotten the mRNA injections and try to get into Canada.
The vaccine mandate has exacerbated the shortage of truck drivers and made wait times at border crossings even longer. Eighty percent of trade between the US and Canada is transited by truck. America exports about 90% of Canada’s fruits and vegetables during the winter season. As shipments decline because only about half of US truck drivers are vaccinated, grocery stores report shortages.
What a shock.
But, also as I noted for MRCTV, all of those practical considerations, as frustrating as they are, are not the factors to consider when looking at the Biden order. The only consideration that matters is the U.S. Constitution.
Even if Biden’s idea were to stop deadly disease, and even if it were to keep the supply chain smoothly moving, the fact of the matter is that neither he nor Mayorkas have any so-called “power” to control borders and immigration in the U.S. during times when no war has been declared.
This border-crossing issue forces us to study whether the US Constitution grants the feds any power over immigration, and it does not. The word “immigration” never appears in the document, and the states had their own immigration rules until the late 19th Century.
It was not until 1875, with a terrible Supreme Court ruling in the case of Chy Lung v Freeman, that the federalization of immigration began... and the centralizing, disastrous results are clear.
These might be important to those who believe that the politicians who swear oaths to abide by the Constitution are supposed to uphold those oaths.
Constitutionally, Congress only has power over Naturalization, and Joe Biden is not supposed to have anything to do with the borders unless there is an invasion, and if there is, Congress must declare War on an aggressor nation, allowing the President to lead the troops.
’It isn’t going to make it easier for us, that’s for darn sure,’ said Bill Smith, who is a lawyer and lobbyist representing the Vermont Truck and Bus Association. He says this vaccine requirement has been anticipated for months but worries some workers might walk.
‘If you have people that actually quit a business, you hear stories about that, you need to replace them. The business has an obligation to haul freight that they’ve already agreed to do,’ said Smith.
This is an absolute mess, both practically, morally, and constitutionally.
But the U.S. has been like that for decades.
It’s time people learn how it got this bad, tell others what they learn.
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