It might have been a split decision, but it was definitely a win.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled to allow stricter enforcement of President Donald Trump’s travel ban by blocking a lower court ruling that would have made it possible for thousands of refugees to enter the United States in the near future.
It was the second Supreme Court win for Trump on the travel ban issue, though like the first one, it involved some compromise on the court.
However the lower court’s ruling challenged the relationship aspect of the ban and ordered to include a wider range of familial ties. In addition, “U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson also said the government couldn’t exclude refugees once a resettlement agency had promised that it would provide basic services for them.”
Combined with the court’s expansion of relatives, that would have rendered the Supreme Court’s decision from June virtually empty.
During the ruling on Wednesday the Supreme Court agreed with the lower courtthat the relationships the Trump administration allowed were too narrow and decided not to stay the lower court’s ruling that allowed “grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, or siblings-in-law,” to be exempted from the ban.
However, in a huge victory for Trump, it knocked down Judge Watson’s ruling that allowed refugees with resettlement agencies.
The decision passed with a 6-3 vote to allow more relationships into the travel ban exceptions, as well as the win for President Trump to allow stricter enforcement of the travel ban.
Three Supreme Court justices, “Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Neil M. Gorsuch said they would have granted the administration’s request to put the entire order on hold,” according to The Washington Post.
Although the Trump administration didn’t get everything it wanted, this is a huge win for President Trump and for America’s safety.
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