Your Kind Cannot Come Here


The Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s most recent travel ban today in a 5-4 decision, ruling that it falls within the president’s traditional power to control immigration policy.

The big picture: The travel ban was the first big policy announcement, touching off first big policy-specific round of protests, and the first big legal challenge of the Trump administration. Now the high court has reaffirmed Trump’s authority right in the midst of yet another uproar over yet another immigration crackdown.

Between the lines: The most significant part of this case may not be the decision itself, but rather the way the justices handled it.

The policy’s challengers had argued that the policy was an outgrowth of animus toward Muslims, citing Trump’s retweets of anti-Muslim videos as well as his initial calls for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.

During oral arguments, and in today’s decision, the justices spent barely any time on Trump’s public statements about the travel ban, or about immigration more generally.

They treated the order essentially like any other exercise of domestic power, from any other president. And on those terms, it’s not shocking they upheld the most recent version of the policy.

The courts will not save us.

Everybody, get out the vote.

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5 Responses to Your Kind Cannot Come Here

  1. 9thousandfeet says:

    The courts will not save us.

    Thank you, this cannot be said often enough.

    Congress won’t save us either, and the question of whether the fascisti will permit, according to law (hah!!), the electoral process to save us is now very much up in the air.

    Meanwhile, the leaders of only political party with the coast to coast infrastructure to mount a credible resistance to this coup are scolding us about being “uncivil” and demanding more decorum.

    Time is short. This is beyond relying on phone calls and voting now (though those things must not be neglected), and it’s time to get out there with Maxine and the others. Every day. Millions of us.

    If we can’t get it together and manage that, we’re fucked.


  2. RWW says:

    Right. A bigoted president can publicly and loudly prove that his policy is intended to punish a particular religious group and that’s given no import and barely any attention in the decision. But, SCROTUS found just days ago that the Colorado civil rights commissioners’ comments that weren’t deferential enough to another bigot’s actions were so dispositive that their decision against the bigot in that case must be overruled. Pretzels, Nazis, and the Trump name all originated in the same place. Just sayin’.


    • RWW says:

      I meant that to be another bigot’s “religious views”, rather than “actions”. Sorry.


      • Condi says:

        Yep – the fix is in @ SCOTUS. Yet another reason why when this taken to the streets that the traitor McConnell needs to disappear behind a barn. And even then that will be but a good start.


  3. Jules MomCat says:

    Miss Liberty (the Statue) is weeping and sobbing uncontrollably.


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