Supreme Court Green Light’s Trump’s Travel Ban
The US Supreme Court approved the third version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban which prohibits entry of individuals from six terror prone and Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
As legal hurdles are being made to integrate through the courts, seven of its nine justices agreed Monday that the policy will go into full and immediate effect. The ban bars travel from six countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.
Human and civil rights groups which lean far to the left such as the ACLU, National Immigration Law Center, and the Southern Poverty Law Center have immediately attacked the legality of the ban.
The new policy will certainly cause havoc at airports across the country as Trump’s last two attempts at the travel ban sparked numerous protests.
The ban also provides Visa officials the incentive to make exceptions on a case-by-case basis. The Trump administration noted that the previous blocking of the ban had caused severe national security risks and “irreparable harm” due to foreign policy concerns. The concerns came to life on Oct. 31 in Manhattan when a muslim immigrant, granted visa from a Diversity Lottery Policy, drove a rented truck through a crowd of pedestrians in broad daylight killing eight and wounding several more.
Lawsuits were filed for the original travel ban by federal courts in Hawaii and Maryland, stating that the travel ban violated federal immigration law and was not constitutionally protected by the First Amendment. The travel policy also applies to travelers from North Korea and to some Venezuelan government officials and their families, but the lawsuits did not challenge those restrictions. In addition, a temporary ban on refugees expired in October.
The rulings were only given on a preliminary basis. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will filibuster the legality of the ban in the coming days.