There was a lot riding on the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of the Trump travel ban. The president’s executive order, which has been through several permutations since he signed the original last January, came to symbolize the lawless, dictatorial, racist tendencies of this administration for a legion of liberals. For conservatives, Trump supporters, and those with a passing familiarity of the Constitution, the court rulings against the travel ban came to symbolize a liberal judiciary out of control – judges calling balls and strikes based on their personal ideologies rather than any sound legal reasoning.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court made its decision and the handwringing and rending of garments on the left began in earnest.
In a 5-4 decision along party lines, the Court ruled in favor of the Trump administration, endorsing the constitutional truth that the executive branch has the power to ban travelers when there exists a clear national security reason to do so. In the decision, Chief Justice John Roberts said that Trump’s third travel ban – the one that ultimately went before the high court – fit “squarely within the scope of Presidential authority.”
“The sole prerequisite set forth in [federal law] is that the President find that the entry of the covered aliens would be detrimental to the interests of the United States. The President has undoubtedly fulfilled that requirement here,” Roberts wrote.
In the ban as it currently exists, travelers from seven countries are denied entry into the United States. Six of those nations are majority Muslim in their demographics, and that is what inspired the backlash against the ban in the first place. Critics and courts said it was a thinly-disguised Muslim ban of the sort Trump talked about on the campaign trail, and was therefore in violation of the First Amendment. States challenged the ban on that basis in addition to the argument that the ban was harmful to their respective tourist industries. These justifications sounded good enough to district courts in the Pacific Northwest, but they fell flat in Washington.
In a statement following the verdict, President Trump declared victory over the activist attorneys general and judges who fought long and hard to usurp the president’s power.
“In this era of worldwide terrorism and extremist movements bent on harming innocent civilians, we must properly vet those coming into our country. This ruling is also a moment of profound vindication following months of hysterical commentary from the media and Democratic politicians who refuse to do what it takes to secure our border and our country,” the statement said. “As long as I am President, I will defend the sovereignty, safety, and security of the American People, and fight for an immigration system that serves the national interests of the United States and its citizens. Our country will always be safe, secure, and protected on my watch.”
God bless America, the Supreme Court, and Donald Trump. This is a good day.