The U.S. Supreme Court has handed President Donald Trump a welcome win during a week that has seen the embattled president going up against the NFL, NBC and members of the Republican Congress in efforts to move his “America First” agenda forward.
The Court issued a single page order tossing out a ruling by an appeals court ruling in a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) seeking to prevent the president’s March Executive Order temporarily banning travel from several nations from being enforced.
Another case is still pending in the high Court targeting refugees from several Muslim-majority nations, but it will expire on October 24, and doubtless also be dismissed without a final ruling on its constitutionality.
In the Maryland ACLU case, all nine justices ruled in favor of Trump and against the lower court ruling, which banned people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan – countries where the government is so unable or unwilling to provide adequate documentation of identification as to make it impossible for the U.S. to make a determination of whether individuals seeking entry to the country are security risks.
A new ban will go into effect on Oct. 18 with Sudan removed from the list and Chad and North Korea added, and some government officials from Venezuela barred from entry into the U.S.
The Venezuelan government announced on Wednesday that it does not have enough paper or ink to issue new passports to its citizens and requests that other nations honor old passports for the next two years.
The Supreme Court had agreed to hear the two travel ban cases while allowing them to go into effect prior to a final adjudication.
Critics of Trump’s travel bans, which followed up on campaign promises to severely limit immigration from predominantly Muslim countries, claim his Executive Orders violated the First Amendment prohibition against the government discriminating against any particular religion.
Trump, however, has relied on his authority to act by virtue of previous Supreme Court ruling finding, “The exclusion of aliens is a fundamental act of sovereignty … inherent in the executive power,” as well as statute which provides that “the president may by proclamation and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens and any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants” whenever he thinks it “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.”
Such authority makes it likely Trump will prevail in any further challenges to his ability to protect the U.S. from unchecked immigration.
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