Since Donald Trump has taken office, the Supreme Court of the United States has been relatively silent regarding his many changes that have rocked public opinion and caused many media storms.
But, Trump’s travel ban, i.e. the “Muslim Ban” 3.0, is going to be the issue that stops the Supreme Court silence.
Those who have disagreed with the travel ban in lower counts have called it a “Muslim ban” because the countries listed have majority Muslim populations. A “Muslim ban” is not unsurprising as a Trump policy, considering his campaign included claims to stop Muslims from entering the United States.
Arguments in front of the Supreme Court regarding the case are scheduled for Wednesday. According to an article in Missouri Lawyers Weekly, the arguments “could offer some indication about how a court that runs on respect for traditions and precedent will deal with a president who regularly breaks with convention.”
Many things could be brought up during the arguments, including Trump tweets and anti-Islam rhetoric.
According to the ACLU’s deputy legal director, Cecillia Wang, “The court could get the right outcome without getting into the question of his tweets. But I think the president set it up so that it’s virtually impossible to ignore him when he’s shouting from the rooftops about what his purpose was in the three versions of the ban.”
The first travel ban was announced only a week after Trump took office.
The travel ban 2.0 took Iraq off the list of countries—leaving Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen in the hot-seat. Travelers that had visas already were not to be affected. But, the Fourth Circuit and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals were not playing ball. The Fourth Circuit said that the ban “drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination” and the Ninth Circuit said the ban was a violation of immigration law.
Again tweaked, the “Muslim ban” 3.0 has still been failing in the lower courts and this time the Supreme Court will weigh in. A decision will most likely be issued by the end of June 2018.
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