President Trump’s travel ban is both legal and constitutional, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, reversing a series of anti-Trump decisions by lower courts and delivering a landmark win for the White House. The 5-4 decision recognizes Mr. Trump has broad powers to block foreigners from entering the U.S., giving the administration a boost as it tries to fend off myriad lawsuits over its get-tough immigration policies. And the court refused to hold Mr. Trump’s tweets and other campaign-era anti-Muslim comments against him now that he’s in office, saying judges usually take the president’s actions on their face. They ruled the travel ban was facially neutral, not the “Muslim ban” his critics had said. “The text says nothing about religion,” Chief Justice John G Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority. Trump critics were enraged, with one saying the ruling would go down as among the worst the high court has ever issued. In the immediate term it means the government may continue to severely restrict entry of citizens of seven countries Mr. Trump and his Cabinet deemed to be uncooperative in sharing information on their travelers. But the ruling also has major implications for the ongoing immigration debates, finding that Congress has clear powers to deny entry to foreigners, and it gave the president wide latitude to exercise those powers. Mr. Trump was “squarely within the scope” of his authority in issuing the travel ban, and gave a sufficient description of his reasons for doing so, the court ruled. “Under these circumstances, the government has set forth a sufficient national security justification to survive rational basis review. We express no view on the soundness of the policy,” the chief justice wrote. “We simply hold today that plaintiffs have not demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits of their constitutional claim.” The court’s four Democratic-appointed justices dissented.
Gee.. Big surprise, lol. This is a HUGE victory for the rule of law, and for the Constitution. Excellent!! For more, click on the text above. 🙂