US Supreme Court Approves Trump's Travel Ban

US Supreme Court Approves Trump's Travel Ban

The Supreme Court on Tuesday narrowly upheld the Trump administration's travel restrictions on citizens of five Muslim-majority countries, handing President Donald Trump a victory in enforcing one of his most controversial policies. While he has been known as a centrist, in the most recent term Kennedy sided with the court's conservative bloc in every close, 5-4 decision, behaving more like the kind of justice Donald Trump is expected to nominate to replace him from a shortlist of ultra-right-leaning candidates.

The court held that the challengers had failed to show that the ban violates either U.S. immigration law or the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment prohibition on the government favoring one religion over another.

But Chief Justice John Roberts, in siding with the administration, said the latest ban fit within the president's broad national security powers regarding immigration admissions to the US, and that the plaintiffs did not demonstrate "a likelihood of success on the merits of their constitutional claim" to overrule the president. It means, as I have argued, that President Trump's "travel ban" limiting immigration from Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Chad, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen is constitutional.

DelBene added she would "continue to work with my colleagues in the House to fight back against President Trump's hateful policies that do nothing to protect our national security and only serve to embolden those who wish us harm".

In recent Trump cabinet nomination votes, the Senate's Democratic moderates have seemed willing to go along with the president's choices, perhaps giving some indication as to how they might approach Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) found that 2017 was one of the worst years for Muslims in America, with attacks on members of the community increasing by 44 percent compared to the year before.

The court's senior liberal justice, 85-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was prophetic when she talked with a reporter in the summer before Trump's election.


Trump has a history of controversial remarks made about Muslims. "Because you don't know who's who". The President went on to tweet: "People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!" As much as we'd like to believe the Supreme Court is above the political fray, there's no denying the ideologies of the various Justices ultimately determines the law of the land.

The Supreme Court ruled on a later version of the ban in Trump v. Hawaii.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, who was among those who challenged the ban, said, "we may not always win, but we'll always stand up for what's right".

In response to dissenters in the travel ban case invoking the Korematsu decision and drawing comparisons between the travel ban and the Korematsu decision, the majority swept such comparisons aside, writing "whatever rhetorical advantage the dissent may see in doing so, Korematsu has nothing to do with this case".

Trump's rhetoric surrounding Islam has been a lightening rod for opposition.

"The president has been very clear over and over what his standards are", Leo said.

Hardiman is second at 16 percent, according to the website.

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