Supreme Court partially reinstates Trump’s travel ban

June 26, 2017

President Donald Trump

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that President Donald Trump’s “travel ban” can take effect, albeit with exceptions allowing some individuals from targeted countries to enter the United States. [USA Today]

Monday’s ruling states Trump may bar individuals from six Muslim majority countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — if they do not have a “bona fide” relationship with a person or entity in the United States. Travelers who have close relatives who are United States citizens; have been accepted at a United States university; or have been given a job to to work at a United States business are examples of people with bona fide relationships, according to the Supreme Court.

“The interest in preserving national security is, ‘an urgent objective of the highest order,’” the Supreme Court Justices wrote. “To prevent the government from pursuing that objective by enforcing (the travel ban) against foreign nationals unconnected to the United States would appreciably injure its interests, without alleviating obvious hardship to anyone else.”

Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch indicated they would have allowed the ban to apply to all travelers from the six targeted countries.

The Supreme Court’s ruling reverses prior decisions by lower courts. Many commentators are calling it a victory or partial victory for the Trump Administration.

In January, Trump signed an initial executive order banning all travelers from seven countries from entering the U.S., even if they had green cards, visas or asylum. The initial order included Iraq on the list.

Multiple federal judges then blocked the order.

In March, Trump issued a revised travel ban barring most new immigrants from six predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days and halting the acceptance of refugees for 120 days. The revised travel ban exempted visa and green card holders, eliminated a provision giving preference to Christian minorities and included a waiver process for travelers claiming undue hardship.

Before the case arrived at the Supreme Court, the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled 10-3 that the travel ban discriminated against Muslims, and the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that it violated federal immigration law by targeting certain people without improving national security.

Following the Supreme Court ruling, the reformed travel ban can take effect as soon as Thursday.


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George Bailey

We need the travel ban, and, like some on these pages have suggested, it ought to be expanded to include more countries.


1965buick

This is international news. Why are we now taking about this?


Mark

Because CalCoastNews wants page views and looking at the comments, it’s getting them. But I agree, it’s not what I come to the website for, this is supposed to be a SLO news site.


r0y

I agree with Mark, this is basically “Red Meat” for the prowling politicos (often, myself included!). When one needs traffic and numbers to help sustain things, one often has to throw out some red meat…


ironyman2000

The ban was supposedly only have been for 90 days in the first place. It has been 150 days. So that arrogant demented punk won his little victory anyway. What’s the point?


BravoEcho

The point is to establish a legal precedent, preventing the lower courts from making future rulings that are based on ideology, and to confirm the legal responsibilities & limits of the executive branch with regard to immigration.


ironyman2000

That is flimflam. Just like everything trump says and does. he is the epitome of bogus ideolagy. There is (barely) anything the punk does that is legal. Impeach and convict.


non_sequitur

Trump bots are out in force.


Jorge Estrada

Thumbs up!


TacomaRose

I completely support solid vetting but explain why Saudi Arabia is not on the list? Saudi Arabia has long been associated with anti US sentiment and terrorist connections (Does Bin Laden ring a bell?)


So why doe Saudi Arabia get a free ride? Check out the you tube clip which may explain it



demiseofslo

Oil money. The Saudi’s are playing trump like a puppet.


kayaknut

Was there any country the last Prez didn’t bow too?


Mark

Saudi Arabia has proper vetting. That’s why Obama didn’t include Saudi Arabia on this list either, which by the way is where it originated.


r0y

I’m betting you also know full well that if Obama had implemented this while in office, they’d be singing his praises…


Rambunctious

Because they have a functional government which makes vetting possible…The nations involved are nations where the vetting of individuals is difficult or impossible due to a dysfunctional or absent government.


abigchocoholic

Why is this so difficult for you people? Saudi Arabia is not on the ban because Saudi Arabia fully cooperates with the United States providing the background information on visitors from its country. The countries that are banned do not cooperate with the United States. There is no way to vet the people coming from those countries.


paragon

Well then riddle us why Iraq was included on the original ban list? The current Iraqi government is essentially a US puppet state propped up by the state department. Iraqi was only removed after intense lobbying by their government, which tells me that list was thrown together without much thought.


Rambunctious

I don’t know if I would refer to Iran as a puppet state but they do have a functioning government with a “state Dept” . I’m sure the US would like to ban a lot of nations that are not on the list. We do what we can with what we have, I’m sure glad that we are doing something rather than sitting on our heels waiting for more attacks.


demiseofslo

I think my refrigerator or maybe even my toaster would be a better president than this assclown that got elected…


non_sequitur

There is no government like no government. We’re almost there.


Rambunctious

Millions of people disagree with you….but you know that already. Maybe you would have more of a chance of changing minds if you dump the disrespectful way you refer to the president of the united states. Just sayin…


billygatez

Freedom of speech. I, and most of the world, cant stand him or his cabinet.


Rambunctious

And I didn’t have much respect for president Obama but I didn’t go on a message board and refer to him in a disrespectful manner.

A presidents actions and deeds are open for ridicule but to call him an assclown in my opinion is childish and says more about you than him.


demiseofslo

Oh yes because Donald Trump is such a respectful person.


Would you like me to grab you by the pussy?


Just sayin…


Mark

I get so sick of hearing these countries called “predominantly muslim” countries, or just plain “muslim countries.” They were not chosen because they are muslim. If it were a muslim ban, why is not the world’s largest muslim country, indonesia, is not on the list? And Wikipedia tells me there are 50 muslim-majority countries in the world–why are 44 of them missing from the ban?


They should be called six countries with known terrorist populations that do not have their own proper vetting processes in place. That’s how they made the list.


UnReasoned

Maybe it’s because a certain POTUS keeps putting his foot in his mouth haha


I agree that the list of countries doesn’t seem quite right. Indonesia is supposed to be hotbed of terrorist training activities, while Saudi Arabia financially backs organizations deemed as terrorists. It’s almost as if “terrorism” is just the stated reason and not actually the true motive behind barring immigrants.


Rich in MB

Another Win for El Trumpo, and a Win for America.


demiseofslo

You need your meds checked Rich. That ass hat hasn’t brought any “wins” to this country


MrYan

Since you are going South of the border …. Don’t you mean another SOCCER win for El Trumpo?…


Where a tie can be thought of as a win when it really isn’t, right?


He is almost there. Now he just needs them to rule in his favor in November.


A stay is almost a win though. It is close enough to have another kegged at the Whitehouse for sure.