USA travel agents urge Trump administration to make sure visitors feel welcome

Jun 29, 2018, 18:32
USA travel agents urge Trump administration to make sure visitors feel welcome

Donald Trump hailed a US Supreme Court ruling a "great victory" after it voted to uphold the US president's travel ban on some Muslim majority countries.

"By blindly accepting the Government's misguided invitation to sanction a discriminatory policy motivated by animosity toward a disfavored group, all in the name of a superficial claim of national security", she writes, "the Court redeploys the same risky logic underlying Korematsu and merely replaces one "gravely wrong" decision with another".

The Supreme Court's ruling could also embolden the president to carry out further border and immigration restrictions, analysts said.

The chief justice, joined by Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, ultimately resorted to applying rational basis review of the travel ban, considering whether the ban was "plausibly related" to its stated national security justifications.

At home, citizens from the mostly Muslim countries, including those who were in the process of migrating to the United States, also expressed devastation at the ruling.

The ruling affirmed broad presidential discretion over who is allowed to enter the US. We must make it crystal clear to our elected representatives: "If you are not taking action to rescind and dismantle Trump's Muslim ban, you are not upholding this country's most basic principles of freedom and equality".

"I am thrilled the courts are starting to back up President Trump", she said. The iteration upheld on Tuesday places travel restrictions on travelers from Syria, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, North Korea, and Venezuela. The Supreme Court had allowed it to go largely into effect last December while the legal challenge continued. "The Proclamation is squarely within the scope of Presidential authority under the [Immigration and Nationality Act]", Roberts wrote, standing by Trump's "substantial power" to regulate immigration.

The challengers, though, argued that the court could not just ignore all that had happened, beginning with Trump's campaign tweets to prevent the entry of Muslims into the United States.

"They could have said it's improper to consider any statements made on the campaign trail", he said.

"Based on the evidence in the record, a reasonable observer would conclude that the proclamation was motivated by anti-Muslim animus", she said.

The travel ban was one of Mr Trump's signature hardline immigration policies that have been a central part of his presidency and "America first" approach.

This is the third version of the travel ban, issued in September after previous bans bounced around through the courts.

The executive order banned travel from seven countries, five of which were Muslim-majority. Several universities and higher-education groups have been vocal in opposing the travel ban in all its versions, arguing that the policy would create an unwelcoming environment for global scholars. He said the United States needs to reclaim its values: "We're a good nation, we're a good people".

Even so, Taeb, as well as other legal analysts, said the ruling was expected due to the body of the Supreme Court which holds a conservative majority.

The country's highest court rejected a challenge which claimed the ban on travel from five mostly Muslim countries discriminates against Muslims.

In a significant case for organized labor, the court's conservatives indicated opposition during arguments on February 26 to so-called agency fees that some states require non-members to pay to public-sector unions.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said his client had used the phrase "Muslim ban" and had directed Giuliani to "show me the right way to do it legally".

"Not since key decisions on slavery, segregation in schools, and Japanese American incarceration have we seen a decision that so clearly fails to protect those most vulnerable to government-led discrimination", added Farhana Khera, executive director of the group Muslim Advocates.

"And for the court to say the court of national opinion overturns Korematsu - we can't wait around for national opinion to overturn this decision", she said.

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