The Supreme Court tossed out a challenge to a temporary travel ban from a handful of countries known as terrorist hotbeds. The President implemented the travel ban in the hopes that proper vetting of incoming travelers could be developed to limit potential attacks on American citizens.
The ban in question had expired and was replaced by a new one, but the Court’s ruling symbolizes that Trump was within his rights, within the law, and within the bounds of the Constitution to issue the travel ban.
Trump sought relief from the Supreme Court following the ruling of a Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on May 25th that upheld a Maryland judge’s effort blocking the order.
President Trump refused to back down, vowing from the moment the 9th ‘Circus’ Court of Appeals originally nixed his travel ban to take it to the Supreme Court.
SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017
The Supreme Court ruling suggests they concur, with a unanimous decision to not address the Maryland challenge.
— Kevin Daley (@KevinDaleyDC) October 10, 2017
Reuters reported that one Justice, however, would not simply wipe out the lower court ruling.
“The justices were unanimous in deciding against ruling in the Maryland case, although one of the liberal justices, Sonia Sotomayor, noted that she would not have wiped out the appeals court ruling,” the report reads.
— Gregory McCray (@g_mccray) October 11, 2017
A separate case involving Hawaii remains unresolved, though the Daily Caller reports “Tuesday’s order strongly suggests that the justices will dismiss the Hawaii case” pending termination of a refugee resettlement provision.
Previously, in a brief filed with the 4th Circuit in March, 13 different states argued in support of the travel ban, swatting away arguments that the order amounts to a ‘religious test’ for entry into the country.
“The Executive Order is not a pretext for religious discrimination, as the Order is grounded in national-security concerns and classifies aliens according to nationality – not religion,” the brief read.
Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said she was “confident that President Trump’s executive order is well within his lawful authority to keep the nation safe and protect our communities from terrorism.”
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