It’s Not Right And It’s Not Ok: Supreme Court Upholds Trump’s Travel Ban
Today, there is more heartbreaking news from our government. This time, from the highest level, the Supreme Court.
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s travel ban, also known as the Muslim ban, preventing travel from several Muslim majority countries.
According to CNN, Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Ninth Circuit Court ruling that President Trump does have the authority to prevent travel from several Muslim Majority nations.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion of the conservative majority. In it, he wrote:
- “The Proclamation is squarely within the scope of Presidential authority under the INA [Immigration and Nationality Act]. Indeed, neither dissent even attempts any serious argument to the contrary, despite the fact that plaintiffs’ primary contention below and in their briefing before this Court was that the Proclamation violated the statute.”
- “The President of the United States possesses an extraordinary power to speak to his fellow citizens and on their behalf.”
- “Plaintiffs argue that this President’s words strike at fundamental standards of respect and tolerance, in violation of our constitutional tradition. But the issue before us is not whether to denounce the statements. It is instead the significance of those statements in reviewing a Presidential directive, neutral on its face, addressing a matter within the core of executive responsibility. In doing so, we must consider not only the statements of a particular President, but also the authority of the Presidency itself.”
Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote the dissenting opinion about today’s ruling, writing most poignantly: “…the majority here completely sets aside the President’s charged statements about Muslims as irrelevant. That holding erodes the foundational principles of religious tolerance that the Court elsewhere has so emphatically protected, and it tells members of minority religions in our country “‘that they are outsiders, not full members of the political community.’”
Senator Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware, said “
“The Supreme Court may have ruled that the President’s travel ban was technically constitutional, but that doesn’t mean that it’s right, that it’s justified, or that it reflects America’s values. In the coming weeks, I plan to introduce legislation to make clear that in the United States, we will not tolerate discrimination based on religion or nationality, and I invite everyone who treasures our American values to join me in defending them. The President’s travel ban is not only discriminatory and counterproductive; it stands in direct contrast to the principles embedded in our Constitution and our founders’ vision of a nation where all people are free to worship as they choose. With time, we have made our union more perfect by fighting discrimination in all of its forms, but the Court’s decision today demonstrates that we have a long way to go before we live up to our highest ideals.”
President Trump tweeted about the ruling this morning.
Eloquent as always.
And in case you’re just blaming the Supreme Court for this decision, I’ll remind you how a Republican-led Congress refused to meet with President Obama’s justice nominee Merrick Garland for over a year.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated on this story.