Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban

Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban

The first executive order January 27, 2017, suspended travel for 90 days from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and blocked refugees for 120 days.

"Just because something is deemed legal does not make it moral or just", activist Linda Sarsour told the crowd, evoking earlier, since discredited Supreme Court rulings that affirmed slavery or Japanese internment camps.

Writing for the majority in the decision on the third version, Chief Justice John Roberts cited a law passed by Congress that allows a president to suspend entry to foreigners, or entire classes of foreigners, if he deems their entry "detrimental to the interests of the United States".

The Supreme Court has unfortunately repeated this country's shameful history and issued yet another "gravely wrong" decision, one that will separate families and harm Americans indefinitely.

The Trump administration has not publicly discussed any plans for future travel bans targeting additional countries. The lawsuit marked the first of many legal battles the Trump administration's travel ban faced.

The American Civil Liberties Union compared Tuesday's ruling to the 1944 Supreme Court decision that allowed the federal government to imprison Japanese Americans, calling both moves "shameful chapters of USA history".

At that point, the Supreme Court canceled its hearing on the previous versions of the order and let the latest policy take effect in December.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the ruling was critical to ensuring "the continued authority of President Trump" to protect the American people.

Trump lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani said his client had used the phrase "Muslim ban" and had directed Giuliani to "show me the right way to do it legally". Courts in several states found the measure was illegal, and did so again in March 2017 after the government slightly amended the original order, with Iraq dropped from the list.

Asked specifically whether the Supreme Court ruling emboldened him to deport people without due process, Trump replied: "We have to find a system where you don't need thousands of judges sitting at a border".

Soon after the ruling, the campaign of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who orchestrated the strategy to keep the high court seat away from Obama, tweeted a photo of McConnell and Gorsuch.

People arrive at John F. Kennedy (JFK) worldwide airport following an announcment by the Supreme Court that it will take President Donald Trump's travel ban case later in the year on June 26, 2017 in New York City.

In a dissenting opinion on Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer examined the waiver process at length, and mentioned a case of a Yemeni child with cerebral palsy who was initially denied a US visa.

Some fear the ban, which applies mostly to Muslim-majority nations, could worsen an already-critical shortage of healthcare workers in the United States.

Trump last week retreated on his administration's practice of separating the children of immigrants from their parents when families were detained illegally entering the United States.

"The [order] is expressly premised on legitimate purposes: preventing entry of nationals who can not be adequately vetted and inducing other nations to improve their practices", Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. The President's ban on travel from several Muslim-majority countries is another brick in the invisible wall which does nothing to strengthen our national security, or our nation's shared prosperity.

"Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on", the Trump campaign proclaimed.

"While this decision doesn't address the separate and equally harmful ban on refugees, it cruelly traps people in conflict-afflicted countries and prevents them from seeking safety in the USA or being reunited with family", CNN quoted Mace as saying in a statement.


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