High Court Upholds Trump’s Travel Ban ✈️

Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP

Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP

Not a Muslim ban

In a narrow 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court upheld Trump’s third attempt at a travel ban. The ban restricts US entry for those arriving from Iran, North Korea, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Venezuela. Chief Justice John G. Roberts noted that Trump’s actions were fully within his presidential authority and did not suggest religious hostility. He added that the decision doesn’t intend to align with Trump’s sentiments on Muslims, but rather judge the extent of his executive power.
Trump v. Hawaii

The Trump administration argued that the ban was directed at countries who do not supply enough information for US officials to assess potential threats. The ban was challenged by the State of Hawaii, who argued that the restrictions were discriminatory and could hurt Hawaii’s tourism and business.

The right lauds the court's decision as a victory for national security. They assert that the travel restrictions reflect certain countries non-compliance rather than religious discrimination. They commend Trump for revving up hardline immigration policies and adhering to his promises. Right folk also see the ruling as restoring runaway legal practices. They note that the lower courts’ use of Trump’s tweets and rhetoric when he was a candidate in overruling Trump’s travel bans as president has no legal basis. 

The left condemns the court's decision as a compromise to American values and believes it is an act against religious freedom. They view the decision as history repeating itself; it mirrors the court's 1944 decision to allow Japanese-Americans’ imprisonment in internment camps. Left folk also argue that the Supreme Court's decision to distance itself from Trump’s rhetoric about Muslims is allowing the administration to continue discriminating, unopposed.

An international phenomenon

One country after another seems to be taking a hardline populist stance on immigration in the name of national security. Italy's Interior Minister recently commented that Itlay won’t be Europe’s “refugee camp”. Meanwhile, the rest of the EU is engaged in inconclusive talks about the state of migration activity, prompted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she faces pressure from conservatives to recall her open immigration policy. As the number of asylum seekers rises, Western nations are contemplating closing their borders, which only seems to reinforce an atmosphere of international instability.

EU jumping on the bandwagon



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