Trump's Travel Ban on Muslim Countries Gets Huge Win
Dec 07 2017
Meanwhile, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals are set to hear arguments against the ban later this week, and these challenges could (hopefully) stall the implementation of the ban.
The US Supreme court has indicated that it will approve Trump's controversial travel ban, with only of the court's justices noting their disagreements with the policy.
The travel restrictions generally prevent citizens of eight countries, six of which are majority Muslim, from emigrating to the United States permanently.
The third version of the travel ban blocks visitors and immigrants from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and North Korea. Many will be barred from working, studying or vacationing here. There are some exchanges, but they are few and require additional screening. 150 million people are now not allowed to come to the United States.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said the White House is "not surprised by today's Supreme Court decision permitting immediate enforcement of the President's proclamation limiting travel from countries presenting heightened risks of terrorism".
The Trump administration has argued that "extensive worldwide review process" preceded the travel ban and the third order is different from the previous versions.
In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the Supreme Court's action "a substantial victory for the safety and security of the American people".
"The proclamation is lawful and essential to protecting our homeland". The appeals courts are also considering claims that the ban reflected unconstitutional bias against Muslims.
Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, said "it's unfortunate that the full ban can move forward now, but this order does not address the merits of our claims".
"I'm still optimistic the courts are going to say yes, this is version 3.0, and they might have painted it a little fancier, but it's still the Muslim ban", Adams said.
Trump has battled to implement a travel ban since just after he became president on January 20, after having repeatedly promised during last year's election campaign to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. A federal judge in Seattle soon blocked it, and courts since then have wrestled with the restrictions as the administration has rewritten them.
Similarly, Judge Derrick K. Watson of the Federal District Court in Honolulu found that the September proclamation "suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor", adding that it "plainly discriminates based on nationality" in violation of federal law "and the founding principles of this nation".
Trump's lawyers were not satisfied with that partial win in the appeals courts. The court said the ban can go into effect while challenges continue to be heard in lower courts. The second version of the travel ban, he wrote, "involved temporary procedures before the review was conducted and in the absence of a presidential determination concerning the adequacy of foreign governments' information-sharing and identity-management practices". "This massive victory for American security comes just after President Trump boldly withdrew our country from the UN's risky, irresponsible Global Compact on Migration", it said.