Despite opposition from the lower courts, Trump’s travel ban on terrorist nations is finally going into effect with the Supreme Court’s backing.
In a surprising turn of events, the Supreme Court has given permission to the Trump administration to put part of the temporary travel ban on countries known to harbor terrorists. Once the order goes into effect in 72 hours, individuals who have no connection or relationship with a person or entity in the U.S. will be prevented from entering the country. (via The Hill)
This ruling by the Supreme Court has overturned the fourth and ninth appeals courts’ previous rulings that had previously blocked Trump’s executive order.
The original travel ban signed by Trump in January was an attempt to limit terrorists entering the U.S. by banning all entry from individuals in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for 90 days. Despite Trump’s attempts to act swiftly to prevent terrorists entering the country before the ban was fully instituted, judges on the left opposed the order and it failed to reach fruition.
Over the next few months, the executive order was the center of a hailstorm of political chaos. Many left-biased news outlets claimed the order was a “Muslim ban” despite nothing in the order singling out Muslims. The order was rewritten and changed to satisfy liberals, even dropping Iraq from the list of banned countries, but the fourth and ninth appeals courts upheld the block. Chief Judge Roger Gregory claimed the order, “drips of religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.”
Trump’s administration was extremely critical of the courts’ decisions to block the ban because it took away the element of surprise needed to prevent terrorists from entering. The administration claimed the courts raised doubt about Trump’s ability to fight terrorism and that the ninth court, “threatens to hamstring the Executive in safeguarding the nation’s border.”
This referred to the general claims by the appeals courts when opposing the executive order. The fourth circuit claims that it blocked the order due to its belief the order was discriminatory in nature, based on his presidential campaign promises to ban Muslims from entering the country. The 9th circuit believed the order was overreaching, and that it failed to provide proper justification under the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The Supreme Court disagreed with both assessments in its overruling of the block on the travel ban. The court stated that preventing an individual from entering the U.S. who does not have a relationship to a person or entity in the U.S., “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 it stands, the ban now prevents individuals from the countries of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen to travel to the U.S. for a period of 90 days unless proven to have a relationship with a person or entity within the U.S.
Though many on the left have vowed to oppose the ban despite the Supreme Court ruling, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, many conservatives and in Trump’s administration have praised the Supreme Court’s action. The upheld travel ban is finally a tool Trump can use in the fight against terrorism.