In a ruling on Tuesday, the Supreme Court decided that they would dismiss all lawsuits against President Donald Trump’s executive order that banned refugee admissions. This was also the same day that the administration made the announcement that it would start re-admitting refugees under an entirely different and new screening process, as reported by ABC News.
The ruling from the Supreme Court is a big deal and a large win for President Trump and his administration. As the Daily Caller reported, the move vacated lower court rulings that started that the executive orders were unlawful and could have potentially restricted President Trump’s authority, so you can imagine what a big deal this win is for the President.
Admissions for refugees into the United States of America began again on Tuesday utilizing the “enhanced vetting” procedures for people from 11 different countries. People from these countries were deemed to pose some kind of risk to the United States, therefore the procedures were put to use. The nations for which the vetting procedures had to be performed were not identified publicly by the administration.
According to CBS News, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke stated, “The security of the American people is the administration’s highest priority, and these improved vetting measures are essential for American security. These new, standardized screening measures provide an opportunity for the United States to welcome those in need into our country, while ensuring a safer, more secure homeland.”
The decision on the part of the Supreme Court to dismiss the case brings an end to the rounds of litigation about the proposals which started in September. This was when new executive orders took over for the ones that had been used originally by President Trump back in March. Then, on October 10th, the Supreme Court dismissed a challenge by Maryland state to a 90-day ban on immigrants from six countries which had already been expired. That ruling stated that the court ordered the 4th United States Circuit Court of Appeals (which had upheld an injunction against this particular ban) to dismiss it as a moot point.
In the most recent case, which was a challenge to the 120-day refugee resettlement ban, it was contested by the state of Hawaii in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Once again, the Supreme Court brought up the lower court’s decision for contest.
The New York Times had written that the case “mostly amounted to judicial housekeeping.” They were referring to the Supreme Court’s decision on the Maryland case. The Times also stated that since the court came to the decision meant that the lower court’s decisions “cannot be used as precedent.”
Only one of the Supreme Court Justices was not in favor of vacating the lower court rulings, and that was Obama appointee Sonya Sotomayor… what a surprise. This is a huge win for the entire Trump administration. This is an especially big win if you think about how large a role immigration plays in the Trump administration.
Let’s hope that we keep seeing these kinds of wins for President Trump!