The unanimous decision from the Supreme Court of the United States to temporarily reinstate most of President Trump’s “travel ban” came Monday morning after the 9th Circuit ruling on the Executive Order was deemed “unconstitutional” earlier this spring.
“In short, the order does not provide a rationale explaining why permitting entry of nationals from the six designated countries … would be detrimental.” – 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The original executive order (EO), signed not long after President Trump’s inauguration, set out to block travel to the U.S. from 6 countries in the Middle East that are breeding grounds for terrorism: Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, and Syria. This EO was also temporary (90 days for citizens of those countries and 120 days for refugees), therefore giving the government the time it needed to put a proper and more efficient vetting system into place.
The 9th circuit opinion on why they felt the EO was unconstitutional is as follows, “The order does not offer a sufficient justification to suspend the entry of more than 180 million people on the basis of nationality.” Although the Executive Order never stated that Muslims were strictly banned, people justified their anger and reasonings for calling it a #MuslimBan by citing statements from President Trump during his campaign, saying he wanted “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”
In this temporary travel ban, only people traveling from those 6 countries who have a “bona fide” relationship with someone already in the United States can then be allowed entry to the United States.
Many critics still believe this travel ban is a “Muslim Ban,” with many tweeting #NoMuslimBanEVER soon after the decision was announced, but President Trump seems satisfied with the ruling, earlier tweeting, “Great Day for America’s future Security and Safety, courtesy of the U.S. Supreme Court. I will keep fighting for the American people, & WIN!”
Entering another country, whether it be with a visa or someone pursuing citizenship, is a privilege, not a right. While President Trump’s words during his campaign were controversial, the executive order never stated that the ban was “for Muslims.” This travel ban affects everyone, of all faiths, from those 6 countries who are trying to enter the U.S. temporarily. The President of the United States reserves the power to block entry from anyone into the country if he or she believes there is an imminent threat.
The threat is Radical Islamic Terrorism and this ban is justifiable.
The SCOTUS ruling, however, is temporary. The final decision on whether or not President Trump’s Executive Order on a travel ban is constitutional will be made this fall during the Court’s first session in October.
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