Is It A Muslim Ban? Is It American?

The Supreme Court Of The United States upheld the validity of an executive order issued by President Donald Trump

Today SCOTUS (the Supreme Court Of The United States) upheld the validity of an executive order issued by President Donald Trump in the early days of his administration. I do not claim to be a legal scholar. I am not shy when it comes to criticizing my government or the practices of foreign governments. When it comes to discrimination, whether it is based on religious grounds, racial grounds or any other social class protected by the Constitution, I become particularly alarmed. With that said, I want to call the “Trump Travel Ban” what it really is. It was a cheap political ploy to score points with his xenophobic base. My default reaction to the Supreme Court is to believe that the law and the Constitution are the primary driving forces behind their votes. The 5-4 party line ruling in this instance does not do anything to support my level of faith in that institution.

Detroit — After weeks of waiting for a Supreme Court ruling on a travel ban from mostly Muslim countries, Mutia Nassar said he felt defeated Tuesday when he had to call his wife to say they wouldn’t be reunited.
Nassar, 23, who moved from Yemen to Dearborn with his family in 2001, said his wife was granted a visa on Oct. 31, 2016. Three months later, just weeks before she would depart the country to join her husband, whom she met on his visits home, President Donald Trump signed his first executive order on the travel ban. Yemen was on it.
“It’s been almost two years and when I called her today, she was crying,” said Nassar, who was at a rally in downtown Detroit to protest the High Court ruling. “I was 8 years old when my family came and I became a citizen … I didn’t think this would happen …”
Nassar said his wife moved to Djibouti, which wasn’t on the list of countries banned from entering the United States. She lived there for six months awaiting the move to the United States after restarting the visa process.

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Philip Carino
Philip Carino

The ban is a watered down version from the early days of his admin that called it total, complete muslim ban. Everyone reacted badly and they saw that if contested, won't win in courts so they changed it and included North Korea and Venezuela just so they can get a win from an already overwhelmingly conservative court.

Filibuster69
Filibuster69

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I do think that this ban does have something to do with religion, and the reason why I say this is because of much of the rhetoric during Trumps campaign. I do think that it is important to note that those five seem to have more of connection with either the refugee crisis, conflicts that the US has been involved in or the somewhat large communities of those nationals in our country. Iran, there is an obvious reason for why Trump has banned that country. Syria is also obvious in terms of the refugee crisis, and Somalia as well due not only to our failed intervention, but also the fact that in many parts of the country there are large Somali communities. The one thing that is interesting to take note of is that Trump placed much of the blame for crime on MS-13, but he never put a ban on that gangs country of origin, El Salvador.

Sam Jenkins
Sam Jenkins

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Justice Alito made this point about population during oral arguments. In response, the lawyer said one must look not just the text of the order but at the entire set of circumstances, including all the public statements where Trump explicitly stated, "Muslim ban." Furthermore, just bc it only included some muslim countries doesn't mean its not religious discrimination. For example, if an employer has 10 black employees and they only fire two. the employer then claims its not discrimination bc they still have 8 black employees. However, that's still discrimination.

wonderwall15
wonderwall15

Wasn't the ban more of banning travel to and from countries considered harboring terrorist activities? Venezuela though is a different case I guess as only their officials are not allowed

ThreePatriots
ThreePatriots

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I'm not so sure they actually expanded the power of the office though, they just reaffirmed that the Constitution grants the office the power to "by proclamation and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens and any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants". This was already granted to POTUS since the 50's. The only real issue here is whether or not this exercise of constitutional authority is discrimination based upon ones religious beliefs.

I will say, if this travel ban's intent was/is to stop Muslim's from entering the U.S., it did a poor, poor job by including only 5 of the 50 "Muslim majority countries". In fact, 54% of the world's Muslim population resides in 6 countries, none of which were ever on any list that President Trump instituted... Indonesia (12.7%), Pakistan (11.0%), India (10.9%), Bangladesh (9.2%), Nigeria (5.3%), and Egypt (4.9%). The 5 Muslim majority countries on the Executive Order make up 8.1% of the worlds Muslim population... Iran (4.6%), Libya (0.4%), Somalia (0.6%), Syria (1.0%), Yemen (1.5%). So, POTUS' supposed move to ban Muslim's was pretty weak, if that was his intent.

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