The Supreme Court has granted Trump more power by upholding a decision to block new arrivals coming from predominantly Muslim countries. The court also officially rejected the idea that disallowing people from Muslim countries somehow breaks the constitution. “For more than a century,“ the court explained, “this court has recognized the admission and exclusion of foreign nationals.” Affected countries include Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, North Korea, Yemen, and Venezuela.
• The courts were also quick to explain that, “Foreign nationals seeking admission have no constitutional right to entry.” Regardless of religion, there is no law or guideline that states America must allow these individuals access.
• SCOTUS also rejected the idea that Trump had displayed anti-Muslim rhetoric, both before and after his campaign, calling them “irrelevant.” Justice Thomas specifically indicated that, “The president has inherent authority to exclude aliens from the country.”
• Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke out against the travel ban before the vote. “Based on the evidence in this record, a reasonable observer would conclude the [travel ban] was motivated by anti-Muslim animus,” she stated.” She also accused the Trump administration of “inflicting pain and suffering” on American citizens with family from the aforementioned countries.
• However, our esteemed President was quick to remind people of why the ban exists in the first place, citing “worldwide terrorism and extremist movements bent on harming innocent civilians.” He also called the ruling “profound” and “vindicating” after “months of hysterical commentary from the media and Democratic politicians.”
• It wasn’t immediately clear how the decision might affect the crisis at the border unfolding over previous weeks. However, most political analysts feel SCOTUS’s upholding of the travel ban will strengthen the Trump administration’s position, giving them more power to block Central and South American asylum seekers and illegal border crossers.