On Tuesday, the Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s travel ban, which restricts immigration and travel from Muslim-majority countries.
The decision will have devastating repercussions.
“In effect, even if the President can’t persuade Congress to fund his actual wall along the U.S-Mexican border, he has erected an invisible wall for many immigrants,” wrote Stephen Yale-Loehr, a Cornell immigration professor who signed an amicus brief on behalf of a Hawaii appeal court’s rejection of the ban.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Missouri), the first Muslim elected to Congress, bashed the Supreme Court’s decision on CNN Tuesday.
“The Supreme Court has said that no matter how bad the discriminatory language is, before, during and after … As long as he puts a very thin veneer of national security on top of all that discrimination and racism, they will buy it,” he said.
“As long as a pig has some lipstick on it it’s fine, and that is what they have said.”
Ellison also criticized Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch.
“Gorsuch should really not be on the supreme court. In my view, he may be there, but he’s not there properly,” he said. The Supreme Court denies a sitting president their right to appoint the Supreme Court justice. That’s exactly what happened and Gorsuch has done what his paymasters sent him there to do. It’s a shame.”
Although the decision didn’t come as a surprise to immigration experts—Yale-Loehr points out that the Supreme Court often bends to the executive branch on matters related to national security, which is how the Trump administration dressed the travel ban—they fear many unforeseen consequences.
“The decision has wide ranging effects beyond the countries directly affected by the travel ban. Because of the travel ban and the President’s general comments about immigration, fewer people are visiting the United States. Tourism is down, which hurts our economy,” Yale-Loehr wrote.
Committee laughs out loud as Lewandowski claims he didn’t follow Trump order because he was on ‘vacation’
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski faced laughter from Democrats on the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday after he claimed that he decided not to follow the president's orders because he was on "vacation."
At the Tuesday hearing, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) asked Lewandowski why he "chickened out" and refused to deliver a secret message to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions from President Donald Trump. According to the Mueller report, Trump wanted Sessions to publicly declare that the Russia investigation was "very unfair" to him.
Kavanaugh book authors battle The View’s Meghan McCain over New York Times uproar
The authors of a new book about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh appeared on "The View" to explain some of the controversial aspects of an excerpt published by the New York Times.
Co-host Meghan McCain pressed authors Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, whose book The Education of Brett Kavanaugh was published Tuesday, to explain an editor's note that conservatives have argued invalidates some of their bombshell reporting about sexual misconduct allegations against the justice.
Thank you for the question," Kelly explained. "We're eager to clear the air on this. First of all, there was no desire to withhold important information from our readers. We have all of it in the book and the essay is an adaptation of the book that of course we had to edit for length and clarity."
Trump challenger unloads on GOP for canceling primaries in his home state: ‘What you see in third-world republics’
Former Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) on Tuesday unloaded on the Republican Party for canceling the presidential primary in his home state in a seeming effort to prevent him from challenging President Donald Trump for the nomination.
During an interview with CNN's Kate Bolduan, Sanford accused the South Carolina GOP of acting more like apparatchiks for a dictatorship rather than a political party.
"I think is what you see in third-world republics, closer to what you see in a lot of places around the world where elections and debates are snuffed out based on raw political might," he charged.