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In Huge Legal Victory, SCOTUS Upholds Trump Travel Ban

supreme court list conservatives Gorsuch Trump travel legal SCOTUSOn Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of upholding President Donald Trump’s travel ban, a major win for the Trump administration.

This monumental legal victory comes after months of the ban being demonized by political commentators and media outlets who repeatedly referred to it as “Islamophobic”, “un-American”, and a “disguise for xenophobia”.

In the majority opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the ban was “squarely within the scope of Presidential authority” under the Immigration and Nationality Act, allowing President Trump to exercise his responsibility to keep the nation safe.

The ban was set to be fully enforced in December 2017, however lower courts had ruled the policy to be legally out of bounds and had blocked parts of it from being enforced. Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling has ensured that the policy will go into full effect, and clarifies that the ban will apply even to those with close relatives in the United States.

In a dissenting opinion, Justice Sonia Sotomayor opposed the bill, denouncing both the travel ban and the president himself. Sotomayor quotes statements candidate Donald Trump made during his presidential campaign about wanting to restrict Muslim immigration to the country, citing these claims as confirmation that the bill was based on religious bias, writing, “A reasonable observer would conclude that the Proclamation was motivated by anti-Muslim animus.

The ban, however, does not prohibit all Muslim immigration – in fact, it affects only eight percent of the world’s total Muslim population. President Trump’s ban was motivated not by Islamophobia, but by the need to increase national security. While five of the seven countries affected by the travel ban are majority-Muslim countries, this is based on the fact that these countries, like Syria and Iran, are run by fascist regimes who have sponsored acts of terrorism and repeatedly refused to cooperate with American requests to vet their travelers.

Roberts reiterates this point in the majority opinion, in which he cites 8 U.S. Code § 1182(f), which gives the president authority to restrict the entry of aliens if he thinks their entry “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States”.

The current version of the travel ban also applies to Venezuela and North Korea, two non-majority-Muslim countries.

President Trump celebrated the ruling on Tuesday, tweeting, “SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!” He later hailed the decision in an official statement, saying, “This ruling is 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. […] The Supreme Court has upheld the clear authority of the president to defend the national security of the United States.”

 

 

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Paul W

While this is good news, it’s completely ridiculous that a matter that is totally within the purview of POTUS is even wasting time being adjudicated…by any court. The time has come to tell these lower courts to…pound salt…to be polite. Mr. Trump needs to start channeling his “inner Andrew Jackson”!

BajaRon

AWESOME! It took awhile for this to happen. But it’s always reason to celebrate when Good is victorious!

Brian

It is NOT good for America when there are Islamic Supremacist enclaves in Dearborn MI and other moslem hotspots. Sharia Law cannot supercede Constitutional protections for anyone in the US. Even for young children in moslem families. Such as genital mutilations on young pre-teen girls and honor killings in teenagers and young adults. Do not let this cultural rot develop in our great nation to the point France and other European nations find themselves in with many “No Go” zones where the police are afraid to venture into. Winston Churchill made this observation: “How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism [Islam] lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever… Read more »

Hen3ry

One does have to question the motives of those who opposed the travel ban
it made total sense for the purpose of national security

LINDA HART

HOORAY! Thank goodness for a better SCOTUS than we had 2 years ago. That it took so long to get this approval is absolutely ridiculous!!

Pete from St Pete

It turns out that Sotomayor, whom the liberal press describes as a “wise Latina woman” is so blinded by her hate of Trump that she cannot make a common sense ruling on a cut and dried constitutionally conferred responsibility of the President. If all judicial decisions were to be based on the personal approval of each judge we might as well tear up the Constitution. Thank heaven Trump gets to pick another Supreme Court justice who pays attention to his or her oath when they take their pledge to obey the Constitution of the United States.

Phyllis Poole

Remember the Charades of long ago when the Muslims were trying to kill all Catholics. The Catholics got blamed for killing many Muslims but it was their acts that caused their killing. It was a war against all Christians AND today is no different. Their Quaran says to kill !!! And someone I know who said he lived as neighbor and worked with some, “don’t believe they wouldn’t kill you if they got the chance”! Do we want to invite the Charades into our country?! I will voice my opinion now that I believe Mohammed, their savior, was the devil himself. He certainly was anti God! I think when they pray to Allah, 2-3 times a day on their prayer mats, they are praying to the devil and do not know it! My opinion but think about it if they want to kill Christians and Christ was God!!! r

Thomas Haj

And now, with Justice Kennedy retiring, it all boils down to this – the makeup of the Senate will determine if a true conservative or another “go-along-to-get-along” moderate is picked (unless the vote is taken before this election, but we all know what the liberal media will do if that happens). The makeup of the Senate depends upon which side gets out and votes this year. It doesn’t get any more straight forward than that!