Supreme Court ruling shows travel ban isn't extreme
30 June, 2018, 08:20 | Author: Kristen Ingram
The Supreme Court just handed a huge victory to the Trump administration by upholding its controversial travel ban - which restricts nationals from seven countries from entering the US.
The current ban, announced in September, prohibits entry into the USA of most people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. As a candidate in 2015, President Trump issued a statement calling for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on". Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher, the pros and cons of the decision and the immediate impact on one local agency that aids immigrants.
"We are deeply disappointed in the Court's decision", Association of American Medical Colleges President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, said in a statement released shortly after the 5-4 ruling.
Trump lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani said his client had used the phrase "Muslim ban" and had directed Giuliani to "show me the right way to do it legally". "We will continue to fight for the rights of immigrants and work to ensure that fairness, due process, and the free exercise of religion and expression are reflected in our nation's immigration laws and policies".
Trump said he will always defend the sovereignty, safety and security of the American people.
Some fear the ban, which applies mostly to Muslim-majority nations, could worsen an already-critical shortage of healthcare workers in the United States.
Trump took the court's ruling as vindication for his beliefs, first outlined moments after he descended the Trump Tower escalator to launch his presidential campaign three years ago. Trump could potentially add more countries to the ban. During the April 25 arguments before the justices, Solicitor General Noel Francisco said it was "crystal clear" that the travel restrictions were not a manifestation of Trump's call for a Muslim ban.
The Supreme Court has unfortunately repeated this country's shameful history and issued yet another "gravely wrong" decision, one that will separate families and harm Americans indefinitely. "First, the President came out with a travel ban, which had to be rewritten at least one time, maybe twice and the net result of it sadly was to suggest that when it came to countries with large Muslim populations, they weren't welcome in the United States".
But new State Department statistics released on Tuesday show that USA consular officers issued waivers to the ban in only 2 percent of visa applications over the course of almost five months.
"Of course, I don't agree with the Supreme Court ruling but I'm a realist when it comes to legislation on the floor of the Senate and the House", he told CNN.
The court's decision came in the third version of the ban, which affects almost 150 million residents of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.
The win follows two embarrassing climbdowns for the administration's "zero tolerance" policy on migrants crossing the Mexico border and with Trump under mounting pressure to legislate a solution to the immigration crisis, one of the most polarising debates in U.S. politics.
After a more moderate version of the two GOP proposals failed on Thursday and two delays on the Republicans' "compromise" bill, pressure is on the president's party to finally deliver a fix to the country's immigration problems, including controversial family separations along the USA border.
"This is part of the Never Trump resistance to mischaracterise this as being a Muslim ban, this is not a Muslim ban", he said.
The court rejected a challenge that the ban discriminated against Muslims or exceeded Trump's authority. It was unclear how many of those cleared for waivers actually received USA visas. And within a week of taking office, the first travel ban was announced with little notice, sparking chaos at airports and protests across the nation.
The high court's decision reflects the divided opinion of Americans in the ongoing debate surrounding immigration and border security.
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