The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote (along party lines) upheld President Trump’s travel ban.
This ruling seems to send a strong message that the President has broad powers under immigration law to act, as he or she sees fit, to protect national security.
This was already very apparent based on precedent and prior legal determinations. In 1950, The Supreme Court said, “The exclusion of aliens is a fundamental act of sovereignty … inherent in the executive power.” And two year later, Congress adopted a provision saying the president “may by proclamation and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens and any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants” whenever he thinks it “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.”
It seems pretty clear to me.
My only question is: “How can the four judges, appointed by Democrat presidents, justify voting against President Trump’s right to issue his travel ban?”
They may not like the ban, but that is beside the point. Their job is to determine whether something is lawful based on existing laws and The Constitution.
“The Proclamation is squarely within the scope of Presidential authority,” Judge Roberts wrote.
President Trump’s reaction on Twitter was:
SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2018
“This ruling is also 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,” President Trump went on to say.
Stephen Vladeck, CNN’s Supreme Court analyst and a law professor at the University of Texas, School of Law, called the ruling a “big win” for the White House.
“The Supreme Court has reaffirmed the President’s sweeping statutory authority when it comes to deciding who may and who may not travel to the United States, authority that both President Trump and future presidents will surely rely upon to justify more aggressive immigration restrictions,” Stephen Vladeck, CNN’s Supreme Court analyst and a law professor at the University of Texas School of Law, said.
Democrats in Congress and Liberal groups everywhere, of course, disagreed with and denounced the Court’s ruling.
Minnesota Democrat, Representative Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, said Tuesday’s decision “gives legitimacy to discrimination and Islamophobia.”
The American Civil Liberties Union also strongly condemned the court’s ruling, writing on Twitter that “this is not the first time the Court has been wrong, or has allowed official racism and xenophobia to continue rather than standing up to it.”
Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Immigrants’ Rights Project, said in a statement that the court’s “ruling will go down in history as one of the Supreme Court’s great failures.”
This, of course, is the group that is really only interested in protecting the civil liberties of Liberals. In cases involving Conservatives, you’ll find the lawyers at the ACLU walking around with their hands in their pockets, whistling and staring up at the sky.
The head of the Democrat National Committee (DNC), Tom Perez said, “Discrimination is not a national security strategy, and prejudice is not patriotism. Let’s call this ban for what it is: an outright attack on the Muslim community that violates our nation’s commitment to liberty and justice for all.”
You can always count on the DNC to play the “race card.” I do believe that is the only card they have in their deck!
Congressional Republicans applauded the court’s decision, arguing that it was a win for national security.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, from South Carolina said he was “pleased,” and “As I stated when the new Executive Order was issued, it is not a religious ban,” Graham said via Twitter. “The order was focused on countries that are in true states of disarray and would have great difficulty vetting to ensure terrorists are not coming into the United States.”
The bottom line is:
Chalk up another WIN for President Trump!