Proposals to keep refugees out of the U.S. based on religion are unconstitutional but unsurprising, a prominent constitutional lawyer said.
“Every time we have any kind of threat, the first thing we do is try to compromise our constitutional rights,” Alan Dershowitz told John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable” on New York’s AM-970 in an interview airing Sunday.
“It started right after the American Revolution, when we passed the Alien and Sedition Act because we were afraid of France.”
Dershowitz argued that politicians on the right need to find a better balance between securing the country and not closing its doors.
Still, he said, a “pause” on admitting refugees might be appropriate if the only goal is to make sure the vetting system is working.
On last week’s “Cats Roundtable,” former Department of Homeland Security head Tom Ridge called for a pause, saying the screenings may not be effective. Dershowitz said Ridge “really has America’s security interests at heart.”