‘Muslim Travel Ban’: Reactions To The Supreme Court Ruling

By now you have probably heard that in a 7-2 ruling handed down Monday afternoon, the U.S. Supreme Court will allow full enforcement of a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries. By lifting injunctions imposed by lower courts, the path is clear for President Donald Trump to fully enforce the third version of a controversial travel ban that prohibits people from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States.

As the Associated Press reports, “Lower courts had said people from those nations with a claim of a ‘bona fide’ relationship with someone in the United States could not be kept out of the country. Grandparents, cousins and other relatives were among those courts said could not be excluded.”

In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the court’s decision a “substantial victory for the safety and security of the American people.”

“The Constitution gives the president the responsibility and power to protect this country from all threats foreign and domestic, and this order remains vital to accomplishing those goals,” he said.

However, the lifting the injunctions does not mean that the legal battle is over. Not by a long shot. The high court has allowed the ban to go into effect, but legal proceedings over the constitutionality of the executive order will continue in the lower courts.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), one of the rights groups leading the fight against the “Muslim ban”, stressed that Monday’s ruling is not on the legality of the executive order, saying that the measure will be ultimately struck down.

Karen Tumlin, the legal director for the National Immigration Law Center, echoed the ACLU statement, saying “it is important to remember that the Supreme Court has not addressed the legal merits of the latest ‘Muslim ban’ nor the human impacts with its order today”.

Saayan Modarres, Legal Counsel for the National Iranian American Council added:


Reactions to the ruling were filled with a melange of disappointment, shame and defiance…


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