The Supreme Court has announced they will be permitting some of President Trump’s travel ban to be put into action. For the time being, the ban will only apply to foreigners who lack a “bona fide relationship with any person or entity in the United States.” Under the same premise, the court has also said it will allow the implementation of the 120-day ban on refugees trying to enter the United States.
Trump recently declared the ban will begin 72 hours after clearing the court and will effect citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The travel ban will not affect foreign nationals with “bona fide” relationships to US citizens and/or entities in North America, however. Some examples from this category would include people who have accepted job offers from US-based companies or students who are attending US universities.
When Trump drafted his first travel ban, courts flat-out blocked him from proceeding. And now, with his second proposal, lower courts have been fighting tooth-and-nail to prove this travel ban is also somehow unconstitutional.
Regardless, the Supreme Court has agreed to allow part of the ban to go into action now, while the rest of the case will be reviewed when the courts reconvene this fall. Three of the court’s conservative justices, including Trump-appointee US Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, have commented that they would have even approved the full proposal. This is the first time the high courts have had to rule on a travel ban; but for Trump, it may not be the last.
Either way, it’s a huge success for Team Trump to even getting part of the ban approved and put to use. It’s no secret Trump has been fighting an uphill battle in virtually every respect. The president himself has commented that it appears the judicial system is against him and the general interest of national security. And as is typical for Trump, he’s not been shy when calling these judges out for being “slow and political.” In one tweet, Trump reportedly said, “That’s right, we need a TRAVEL BAN for certain DANGEROUS countries, not some politically correct term that won’t help us protect our people.”
It’s anyboyd’s guess what the Supreme Court’s verdict on Trump’s travel ban will be come October. Will they put America first or so-called politics?