Trump’s “Muslim travel ban” may be cancelled by court
The Supreme Court will hear a challenge on Wednesday to President Donald Trump’s latest effort to limit travel from countries said to pose a threat to the nation’s security. The case, a major test of presidential power, will require the justices to decide whether Mr. Trump’s campaign promises to impose a “Muslim ban” were reflected in executive orders that restricted travel from several predominantly Muslims nations, reports the New York Times.
The policy restricts entry by more than 150 million people from seven countries, five of them predominantly Muslim. These are, in alphabetical order, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. It’s the third version of a ban that triggered chaos and protests at American airports when Trump signed the first executive order a week after taking office, wrote Bloomberg.
Is “Muslim ban” legal?
Just a week after he took office, President Donald Trump issued the first of his travel bans, causing a great chaos at the nation’s airports and starting a cascade of lawsuits and appeals. Fifteen months later, after two revisions of the ban and a sustained losing streak in the lower courts, the Supreme Court took up the case in its last scheduled argument of the term. A decision is expected by late June.
The case, Trump v. Hawaii, No. 17-965, concerns President Trump’s third and most discussed ban aimed to fulfill his campaign promise to secure the nation’s borders. Challengers to the latest ban, issued in September, said it was tainted by religious animus and not adequately justified by national security concerns.
Among the questions the court must examine is whether Trump’s call during his presidential campaign for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” can be considered evidence that the travel ban is rooted in anti-Muslim bias. The justices will also review his post-inauguration tweets and retweets, which opponents say provide further evidence.