In a one-page ruling signed by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court issued a stay to the 9th circuit’s injunction on the Trump admin’s Executive Order banning travel from seven nations deemed to support terrorism.
The court denied a lower court ruling at the request of the Justice Department which would have allowed refugees an exemption to the ban by claiming resettlement organizations constitute “bona fide connections” to the U.S. – a loophole previously obtained by an estimated 24,000 refugees.
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“Today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision is a clear victory for our national security,” said Trump in a statement”…As President, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm. I want people who can love the United States and all of its citizens, and who will be hardworking and productive,” adding”My No. 1 responsibility as commander in chief is to keep the American people safe. Today’s ruling allows me to use an important tool for protecting our Nation’s homeland.”
The Supreme Court made it clear that a limited version of the Executive Order can be enforced immediately, with a full hearing including oral arguments slated for October:
“An American individual or entity that has a bona fide relationship with a particular person seeking to enter the country as a refugee can legitimately claim concrete hardship if that person is excluded,” the court wrote. “As to these individuals and entities, we do not disturb the injunction. But when it comes to refugees who lack any such connection to the United States, for the reasons we have set out, the balance tips in favor of the government’s compelling need to provide for the Nation’s security.”
Hawaii will fight
Neal Katyal, a lawyer representing the state of Hawaii in its suit against the ban, said on Twitter the he would fight the decision. Hawaii is one of more than a half-dozen states that have sued to block the ban since its implementation.
Lawyers have argued that the ban, which bars entry for refugees and residents of six Muslim-majority countries, constitutes a ‘Muslim ban’. Such a ban would violate constitutional prohibitions on favouring one religion over another. Two separate appeals courts have already ruled the ban unconstitutional.
Mr Trump, meanwhile, maintains the ban is a necessary national security measure.
Interestingly, six of the seven nations included in the travel ban forbid citizens from various nations based on nationality – including Israel, Algeria, Bangladesh, Brunei, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.If you enjoy the content at iBankCoin, please follow us on Twitter