Trump vs Hawaii
In a narrowly divided 5-4 ruling the Supreme Court Justices upheld the Travel Ban, allowing it to remain in place and showing support for Presidential Powers. The court followed the belief that a President’s main responsibility is, keeping America safe.
The 5-4 decision was a big victory for one of the Trump Administration’s first major policies. It was a demonstration of the Court’s small conservative majority dealing a painful defeat to the courts liberal Justices.
The Supreme Court had ruled in December for a third time that the Trump Travel plan could stay in place while legal challenges continued. This week’s ruling was the final victory needed for the ban to remain in place indefinitely.
Today’s decision will now allow enforcement of travel restrictions to the United States from six countries including Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Somalia, Yemen and parts of Venezuela. These restrictions will keep travel restrictions in place allowing for more stringent background checks prior to entrance to the US. Those who have received waivers or refugee status will still be allowed to enter from these countries.
Reactions to the Supreme Court ruling were strong from both sides including those on the court –
President Trump Tweeted in mostly caps “SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!
Nancy Pelosi Tweeted “The Supreme Court’s dangerous decision in Hawaii v. Trump undermines our values, our security, & our Constitution. No matter how many times President Trump rewrites his #MuslimBan, it remains one of the great injustices of our time.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor – “History will not look kindly on the court’s misguided decision today, nor should it.” –
Chief Justice John Roberts – “Presidents have substantial power to regulate immigration.”
The role of the Supreme Court is to not weigh in with personal feelings and beliefs but rather let laws passed by Congress and the Constitution guide their decision making process.
You may agree with the policy and the Supreme Court ruling others do not. Either way Justice Roberts left us with this “We (the Supreme Court) express no view on the soundness of the policy,”.
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