Tuesday, the Supreme Court upheld Trump’s third travel order. After two failed attempts, the administration scrapped the first two in favor of a third, which they believed would stand up to SCOTUS scrutiny. Looks like they were right.
The order which sought to temporarily curb immigration from states with long-standing records of sponsoring or engaging in terrorist activity was painted as anti-Muslim, based on statements Trump made during the presidential campaign.
But the SCOTUS had the final word in a 5-4 decision.
Needless to say, Trump was thrilled his executive action was validated by the SCOTUS decision.
SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2018
Moments ago, the White House released a statement from President @realDonaldTrump about the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the travel ban on five Muslim-majority countries. https://t.co/YJoYrCncJe pic.twitter.com/1auTmx9Wi1
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 26, 2018
And Senate Majority Leader McConnell contributed this lovely little piece of trollery.
— Team Mitch (@Team_Mitch) June 26, 2018
The left is not handling is so well. It’s a common side effect of a personal identity enmeshed in politics.
But Merrick Garland!
As one after another 5-4 rulings of this SCOTUS on voting rights, abortion rights, the travel ban and more are announced, the full meaning of @SenMajLdr ‘s unconscionable, nearly year- long blockade against the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland is manifest.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) June 26, 2018
Schumer, either willfully or otherwise, ignored the entire point of the challenge, which centered around Executive Power:
The president’s travel ban doesn’t make us safer, and the Supreme Court’s ruling doesn’t make it right. This is a backward and un-American policy that fails to improve our national security.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) June 26, 2018
The ACLU compared the decision to Japanese internment camps:
In 1944, the Supreme Court allowed the US government to imprison Japanese Americans solely because of their national origin and ethnicity, based on empty claims of national security.
It’s one of the most shameful chapters of US history, and today’s decision now joins it.
— ACLU (@ACLU) June 26, 2018
Linda Sarsour’s outfit, MPower, released this statement, which claims the decision is bigoted:
On Tuesday, June 26, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold Trump’s Muslim Ban, an executive order that suspends refugee resettlement and permanently prohibits citizens of six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States on the basis of their nationalities.
Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of MPower Change released the following statement:
“This is a sad day in our nation’s history. Rather than reinforcing the notion that America welcomes people regardless of where they were born, what they look like or how they pray, the Supreme Court instead upheld a Ban, driven by anti-Muslim sentiment, that devalues equality.
Today’s decision not only attacks our community but also opens the door to government and court-sanctioned discrimination of other ethnic groups and religious beliefs.
The Supreme Court has been wrong on major decisions before, and so our fight continues. The right to live in peace and be treated justly no matter one’s race, ethnicity or religion is too important to let one person, one decision, destroy it.
We will protest, we will vote, and we will organize against this bigotry until we have reunified our families and communities and overturned the Muslim Ban once and for all. Most importantly, we will continue mobilizing and defending our communities from un-American, bigoted policies—whether they are endorsed by the Supreme Court or not.”
ALL the protests.
Muslim Advocates claim the decision puts “the Basic Rights of All Americans at Risk,” and likened the ruling to slavery and segregation:
“In affirming President Trump’s bigoted Muslim Ban, the Supreme Court has given a green light to religious discrimination and animus. Not since key decisions on slavery, segregation in schools, and Japanese American incarceration, have we seen a decision that so clearly fails to protect those most vulnerable to government-led discrimination. Trump may have won this round, but we are focused on the next round and will continue to fight until justice prevails and his anti-Muslim agenda is overturned for good.
Since the Muslim Ban was allowed to go into effect late last year, the administration has separated families and loved ones; and denied people opportunities to work, travel, study, seek medical care, and better our nation, simply because of what they believe and where they come from.
This decision puts the basic rights of all Americans at risk. It says that even when an administration is clearly anti-Muslim, when it targets Muslims, when it insults Muslims, and when it puts a policy in place that specifically hurts Muslims – that the Court will let it stand. If it can happen to Muslims, it can happen to anyone.
Today’s decision is deeply disappointing, but our work is far from done. But this is just one fight in a broader battle against Trump’s anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant agenda. We will continue to fight for the lives still imperiled by this reckless ruling. We will continue to fight in the courts, we will urge our members of Congress to serve as a meaningful check on the administration, and we will speak out online, and in our communities to declare that this Ban is a shameful betrayal of our nation’s commitment to equal protection under the law for all.”
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) accused the Supreme Court of endorsing discrimination, dragging Dred Scott into the discussion:
Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement condemning the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Trump v. Hawaii to uphold Trump’s disgraceful, racist, and discriminatory Muslim Ban:
“This is a sad day for America and it smears our nation’s reputation as a welcoming and tolerant society far and wide. I am deeply disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court has, once again, fully and completely endorsed discrimination. History will look back on this day with shame and it will join other reprehensible decisions, such as Dred Scott v. Sanford and Korematsu v. United States.
“Despite the racism coming from the White House, Americans — and the world — should know that religious freedom remains a fundamental right and a major component of the core values in our nation and we must not allow anyone or any court from tearing apart that central American creed.
“To Muslims around the globe, know this: You are welcome here and are respected. To our Muslim-American family, friends, neighbors, and communities: You are very much a part of our shared American story and I am saddened by this decision that puts the religious liberty of all Americans at risk. This decision will do nothing but push us further down the path of injustice and intolerance.”
“I call on the American people to hold this dishonorable Administration accountable and I call on my Congressional colleagues to finally exercise our authority as a coequal branch of government and act as a check on these antagonistic attacks on religious freedom. Since the courts refuse to act, we must.”
At least Democrats are considering the whole coequal governance thing again?
People For the American Way, “a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values,” dropped the bigotry bomb and accused SCOTUS of, “a total abdication of the Supreme Court’s responsibility to act as a guardian for the rights and freedoms of all Americans.”
“Today’s decision is a shameful endorsement of religious bigotry and a total abdication of the Supreme Court’s responsibility to act as a guardian for the rights and freedoms of all Americans. There’s simply no question that Donald Trump’s order did exactly what he promised on the campaign trail and after taking office: it specifically targeted individuals based on their religion. This decision is a gross violation of the First Amendment and makes a mockery of the court’s commitment to religious freedom.
“We should be clear: American Muslims are part of our communities and our country. No matter what bigots in the White House may say—and narrow-minded elitists at the Supreme Court may co-sign—Muslims have the same constitutional right to religious freedom as any other American. It’s up to Americans regardless of religion to make clear that this decision is as dangerous and as wrong as Trump’s ban itself.
“In November, every American who cares about the Constitution needs to show up at the polls to throw out elected officials who won’t stand up to Trump’s hateful, unconstitutional, un-American Muslim ban. The future of our country depends on it.”
It’s possible to disagree with the travel order as a matter of policy without descending into accusations of bigotry and religious discrimination.
As a matter of policy, vetting people knocking on America’s door is in no way tantamount to Japanese internment camps, which remain a stain on America’s past. The latter rounded up otherwise innocent American citizens, stripping them of their rights in the name of national security. The former addresses those who have not yet been granted a ticket (a visa) to request entry to the United States. They’re not the same. Not even close.
But I don’t expect any of this to matter when there are political points to be scored and outrage continues to escalate on all fronts.DONATE
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