This is 6 countries. Not a “muslim ban.” 6 countries that are for the most part war zones. And it’s temporary. I don’t get the people who flipped out over this one. (I get why some people have flipped out over other Trump things. But this?) I am personally way more concerned about the fact that when I fly from DC to Denver I’m going to get felt up (by the TSA) and likely irradiated. These are my biggest travel concerns. But a short-term ban on travel from these countries? (And it’s still not really a “ban.”) Not that big a deal in the grand scheme of things.
The ban is probably not what I’d do, but it sure seems within the authority of the president to me. (I think the president has way too much power generally, but that’s for another post.) I guess the Supreme Court agreed.
Of course the subtext is that Trump is somehow asserting a Western Civilization-centric stance and some people “just can’t even…”
By the way, Western Civilization is a truly awesome thing. An amazing human achievement. And that achievement belongs to all peoples who see value in The Enlightenment, rule of law, free commerce, the pursuit of happiness, human liberty, etc.
(From The AP)
Just two justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, noted their disagreement with court orders allowing the latest policy to take full effect.
The new policy is not expected to cause the chaos that ensued at airports when Trump rolled out his first ban without warning in January.
The ban applies to travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Lower courts had said people from those nations with a claim of a “bona fide” relationship with someone in the United States could not be kept out of the country. Grandparents, cousins and other relatives were among those courts said could not be excluded.
The courts were borrowing language the Supreme Court itself came up with last summer to allow partial enforcement of an earlier version of the ban.
Now, those relationships will no longer provide a blanket exemption from the ban, although visa officials can make exceptions on a case-by-case basis.