The Supreme Court Monday reversed lower court opinions and allowed a portion of President Trump’s travel ban to go into effect, barring entry to some who hail from six countries where terrorist organizations operate.
The new opinion could still be reversed. The Justices plan to hear oral arguments on the case in October.
The loophole is this: the opinion applies only to “foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”
While the vote was unanimous, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch issued a partial dissent saying they didn’t think think the half-a-ban scheme could work, and that it would “invite a flood of litigation until this case is finally resolved on the merits.”
And they ain’t kidding. How do you prove people don’t have a “bona fide” relationship?
I learned this first hand when the owners of a house near mine built a new floor atop the existing one and turned the place into an immigrant flop house. Totally illegal in an area zoned for families. But apparently, the law was unenforceable, because everyone in such domiciles simply claims to be related, and the burden was on the county to prove they weren’t. Eventually, the residents became just the owners and a single nice, apparently legal, immigrant family, as opposed to an assortment of unknown young men, and so I guess it worked out for now.
I’m still not sure why the Court wouldn’t presume to let the president’s right to deny foreigners entry stand while the case is being decided, but there you go. We’ll see how many people the opinion actually prevents from entering.
Incredibly, Trump hasn’t tweeted a response. Instead, he issued an old-fashioned statement by the president:
Today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision is a clear victory for our national security. It allows the travel suspension for the six terror-prone countries and the refugee suspension to become largely effective.
As President, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm. I want people who can love the United States and all of its citizens, and who will be hardworking and productive.
My number one responsibility as Commander in Chief is to keep the American people safe. Today’s ruling allows me to use an important tool for protecting our Nation’s homeland. I am also particularly gratified that the Supreme Court’s decision was 9-0.
Looks like the attorneys have the password to his Twitter account.