Foreign crazy-conspiracy theorist Trevor Loudon came from New Zealand to South Dakota again this week to tell us how to run our affairs. In his Sioux Falls hate fest Monday, Loudon showed how little he understands the limits of the authority American states have to control their borders:
The speaker, a New Zealand writer and filmmaker named Trevor Loudon, said South Dakota should pass laws labeling Muslim advocacy and student organizations as hate groups and create restrictions on refugees and immigrants.
“It would be great to see South Dakota, which is a small state and a relatively conservative state actually take some stands on these issues,” Loudon said. “The people of South Dakota have a right to determine who lives in their own state” [Dana Ferguson, “Speaker at Minnehaha GOP Event Says Congress Infiltrated by Traitors,” that Sioux Falls paper, 2017.09.19].
No, we don’t, Trevor. I might really want to keep a foreign infiltrator like you out of my state, but if the federal government grants you a tourist visa or a work visa or whatever surely proper immigration documentation you have received to come peddle your lies, no local law or state ordinance may restrict you from entering South Dakota and spending your time here in whatever legal way you please. South Dakota cannot tell any law-abiding person or any class of people that they cannot enter or remain in South Dakota due to their religious or political beliefs (or, in this case, to the warped versions of beliefs that you ascribe to the people you demonize).
Ferguson reports that Republican Senator Neal Tapio, who mimics Loudon’s shouting of baseless accusations against patriotic South Dakotans, drove down from Watertown to cheer Loudon’s call for illegal restrictions on freedom of movement and equal protection under the United States Constitution. So did his Republican colleagues Senators Jim Stalzer and Jack Kolbeck of Sioux Falls and Reps. Steven Haugaard of Sioux Falls and Michael Clark of Hartford. Any legislator the violation of such a fundamental Constitutional right as freedom of interstate travel should be considered in violation of his oath of office. We can’t remove such ignorant or dangerous legislators from South Dakota, but we can certainly remove them from office at the nearest legal opportunity.