More than a year after Trump debuted his travel ban in airports, the Supreme Court is officially wrestling with its legality.
“I’m so heartened with this gathering here,” Gold Star father Khizr Khan stated, at a demonstration on the steps of the Supreme Court. “Our case was very vigorously presented, and we await a positive outcome. But what has affirmed to all of us that no one, even the President of the United States, is above the law.”
Trump made 3 attempts at a travel ban in 2017 and the third was allowed to go into effect, but was scheduled for an oral argument. This version of the travel ban bars travelers from Iran, Somalia, Libya, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, and Venezuela.
“It is obligatory of commander-in-chief to keep us safe —keep us safe from enemies, foreign or domestic,” Khan explained. “He has not abided the oath of office that he has taken. He has violated the Constitution and the mandate of the Constitution and we challenge him on that ground.”
Conservative justices and swing vote justice Anthony Kennedy seem to be siding with Trump’s travel ban after the first day of arguments. But the relevance of Trump’s campaign rhetoric on Muslims will be key in the Supreme Court’s final decision, which is expected in June