Monday, 16 July, 2018

Muslims, advocates saddened over court's travel ban decision

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"We were hoping that at least the Supreme Court would rule at least for fair play and let us be reunited with our families", said Salem, who came to the USA eight years ago and has since become a citizen.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, said in her dissent that the majority decision fails to protect religious liberty as a fundamental American principle.

"We need to keep out every risky person who tries to come in this country, but to categorically brand people because of their religion or their background or country they're from is just not the way we should do things in America". For example, the president could not use the ruling to summarily deport thousands of people living in the USA who come from particular countries, since the ruling deals only with people trying to enter the US, according to Cornell Law School professor Stephen Yale-Loehr.

The September proclamation establishing the ban said waivers could be granted if denying entry would cause "undue hardship", if entry of the person would not pose a threat to the United States, and if entry would be in the national interest.

Despite Trump's claim that the ban was "not a Muslim ban", he noted an exception to the travel restrictions for Christians coming from these countries.

The court, ever mindful of the impact of its rulings across not just the country but the world, wanted to make very clear that in upholding Trump's travel ban, it was not sending any sort of signal about its own views on Islam or religion more generally. One week into his presidency, he followed through with a campaign promise and announced a 90-day ban on travellers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. During his campaign, he had promised to impose a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States", and a few days after being sworn in, he issued a hastily drafted proclamation that temporarily barred foreign travelers from seven countries.

However, a slim majority on the nation's highest court approved the ban's third iteration. Courts in several states found the measure was illegal, and did so again in March 2017 after the Trump administration slightly amended the original order, with Iraq dropped from the list.

In the case, Trump v. Hawaii, the state of Hawaii argues that the ban hurts its university system by banning potential students and scholars from entering the country.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced this week that they are no longer referring such cases for prosecution, though the administration's Supreme Court victory added to questions about whether Trump agrees with that policy.

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Trump first introduced the executive order the month he became president, in January 2017, with plans to put it into effect nearly immediately, setting off a series of protests in airports across the country.

Trump said he will always defend the sovereignty, safety and security of the American people.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion for the five conservative justices, including Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch, who got his seat only after Republicans blocked President Barack Obama's nominee for the last 10 months of Obama's term.

On December 18, 1944, the Supreme Court ruled it was a "military necessity" to detain people of Japanese descent during the war and argued the order was not based on race.

Democratic Sen. Chris Coons says the Supreme Court's ruling that President Donald Trump's travel ban is constitutional "doesn't mean that it's right, that it's justified or that it reflects America's values".

Mr Trump tweaked the order after the 9th USA circuit court of appeals in San Francisco refused to reinstate the ban.

"Plaintiffs will continue to try to bring the president's statements into their cases to show the discriminatory impetus", Yale-Loehr said.

Critics have noted that major attacks such as the 9/11 NY attacks, the Boston marathon bombing and the Orlando nightclub attack were carried out by people from countries not on the list, such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Kyrgyzstan, or by US-born attackers.

"The Muslim ban is not something that is isolated", Walid warned.

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