Donald Trump’s Controversial Travel Ban Has Gotten the Go Ahead from SCOTUS
And it’s back on. Trump’s “Muslim ban” has been reinstated by the Supreme Court until they hear arguments in the case this October. The ban, which had been blocked by lower courts, will go into effect in the next 72-hours, and will apply to travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for the following 90-days.
There is one major exception, however. As the CBC points out, travelers from countries on the ban list who have “a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” will be allowed to enter the country.
As The Hill reports, the Supreme Court determined that allowing people with relationships with Americans “does not burden any American party by reason of that party’s relationship with the foreign national. And the courts below did not conclude that exclusion in such circumstances would impose any legally relevant hardship for the foreign national himself.”
As can be expected, this news is not going down well with some, and for good reason. This action is seen as discriminatory against Muslims, because, of course, they are the main target of the ban. Sadly, it hits people from war torn countries who might want to claim refugee status in the US and if there is one thing Trump has made clear it is that he has zero interest in helping refugees even if they are from countries the US military is currently active in.
Although official responses have been slow to come in, one critic who took to twitter to express displeasure was Democrat Senator Jeanne Shaheen from New Hampshire.
Muslim travel ban has no merit & offensive to our nation’s core values. Disappointed SCOTUS decision will allow partial ban to take effect
— Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (@SenatorShaheen) June 26, 2017
And, as Bloomberg reports, the Immigrant Right’s Project director at the ACLU, Omar Jadwat is also not impressed with the ban.
“President Trump’s Muslim ban violates the fundamental constitutional principle that government cannot favor or disfavor any one religion.”
Trump has argued that the ban is necessary so that there could be an internal review of how visa applicants from these countries are screened. What is unclear is why this wasn’t done in the last 6-months since he has been in office during the time when lower courts had blocked the ban? Seems as though there was plenty of time there to have the system sorted out. That of course raises the question as to what this ban is really about.
And, as luck would have it, because the Supreme Court won’t be hearing the case until October, that means that Trump’s 90-day ban will run out just before then and he could very well drop the case before they even get to it. So, essentially, Trump was just handed a major victory and those paying the price will be Muslims from select countries who Trump seems to have a beef with.
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