Supreme Court Allows Enforcement Of Trump's Travel Ban

Jeff Sessions called the decision “a substantial victory for the safety and security of the American people."

By Eric Shorey

With only Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting, the Supreme Court has ruled that President Trump's controversial travel ban may go into effect. The ban prevents residents from six countries populated largely by muslims from entering the United States.

CNBC reports that the this will not be the final ruling on the matter; challenges continue to roll in through federal courts. Lower courts continue to find a plethora of problems with the policy, created by Trump in September.

Critics of the ban note the arbitariness of the countries listed (Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen) and the discriminatory bias inherent to the rule, which did not include exceptions for family members of those already in the USA. Trump's social media postings have not helped him pass the policy: his recent retweet of an overtly Islamophobic hate group is now being used to demonstrate a perceived bigoted nature of the ban.

"President Trump's anti-Muslim prejudice is no secret. He has repeatedly confirmed it, including just last week on Twitter. It's unfortunate that the full ban can move forward for now, but this order does not address the merits of our claims," said Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants' Rights Project.

A full explanation on the ruling has not yet been presented, but the majority of Justices have agreed that the full ban was not causing "irreparable harm," noting it's basis on "legitimate national security and foreign policy concerns."

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, will discuss the legality of the ban this week.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has characterized the Supreme Court's decision as “a substantial victory for the safety and security of the American people ... We are pleased to have defended this order and heartened that a clear majority Supreme Court has allowed the President’s lawful proclamation protecting our country’s national security to go into full effect. The Constitution gives the President the responsibility and power to protect this country from all threats foreign and domestic, and this order remains vital to accomplishing those goals.”

The issue is expected to be officially settled by the end of June. This is the third instantiation of Trump's travel ban to travel through the court system.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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