Kirsters Baish| The Supreme Court has announced their support for President Trump’s travel ban on multiple Muslim majority countries. With a 5-4 ruling, this is the first high court decision a Trump administration policy has ever seen.
President Trump wrote a statement in which he said that the ruling was “a tremendous victory for the American People and the Constitution.” President Trump also called the Supreme Court’s decision “a moment of profound vindication following months of hysterical commentary from the media and Democratic politicians who refuse to do what it takes to secure our border and our country.”
SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2018
Fox News reports:
At issue was whether the third and latest version of the administration’s policies affecting visitors from five majority Muslim nations – known as travel ban 3.0 – discriminates on the basis of nationality and religion, in the government’s issuance of immigrant visas.
Chief Justice John Roberts, who authored the conservative majority opinion, wrote that the order was “squarely within the scope of presidential authority” under federal law.
“The sole prerequisite set forth in [federal law] is that the president find that the entry of the covered aliens would be detrimental to the interests of the United States. The president has undoubtedly fulfilled that requirement here,” he wrote.
Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor was among the court’s four liberals that wrote a dissent.
“This repackaging does little to cleanse [the policy] of the appearance of discrimination that the president’s words have created,” she said. “Based on the evidence in the record, a reasonable observer would conclude that the proclamation was motivated by anti-Muslim animus.”
Both Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Stephen Breyer read their dissents without leaving the bench.
The case was turned right back around and made its way back to the lower courts, although the policy was upheld. The lower courts were told to use the Supreme Court’s “interpretation of executive authority.”
This is a hugely significant win for the Trump administration and the immigration issue in our country.
The administration’s policy was shot down in federal appeals courts in both Virginia and California previously. Last December, the 9th Circuit Court ruled that Trump’s proposal went beyond his power of regulating immigration.
The justices agreed that until the case was totally litigated, they would allow the current restrictions to remain in place.
Back in April, Associate Justice Samuel Alito explained that out of all of the Muslim majority nations, which is around 50, only five were on the list of those banned from the country. This fared well for the Trump administration.
The Trump administration explained that this was only a temporary fix to the situation.
“This is not about religion — this is about terror and keeping our country safe,” Trump explained on Jan. 29, 2017.
A federal law that was drawn up in 1952 plays an important part in this issue. The Immigration and Nationality Act states, “Whenever the president finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may, may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”
President Trump has denied that the ban is on Muslims.
It’s great that the Supreme Court has decided to uphold President Trump’s ban on these nations that may pose a threat to our country, but this is just a drop in the bucket.