Friday’s Update: The Supreme Court's Decision on the "Travel Ban"

By Haley Lyons, Social Media Fellow

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold Trump’s travel ban created in 2017. This order bans and/or limits the entry of individuals from Iran, North Korea, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Venezuela into the United States.

According to TIME, the liberal justices were against this vote [1]. The conservative judges held the majority in this case, however.

Comments made by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor compared this case to Korematsu v. United States in its divisiveness and intensity. Korematsu v. United States stated that as a “military necessity” those of Japanese heritage be removed from their homes and placed in detention centers [2]. During the ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts expressed a public declaration that the 1944 Korematsu case was “no longer good law” [3].

Executive Order 13769–Trump’s travel ban–echoes an eerie similarity to Korematsu. With thousands of migrant families being separated and placed into dozens of detention centers in the United States, it appears as though history is slated to repeat itself.

[1] http://time.com/5324727/whats-hidden-inside-the-supreme-courts-ruling-on-the-travel-ban/

[2]  http://www.uscourts.gov/educational-resources/educational-activities/facts-and-case-summary-korematsu-v-us 

[3] https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/supreme-court-travel-ban/index.html

Jonathan Goldman