It was a banner day for conservatives at the Supreme Court on Monday.
First, the court decided to take the case of a Denver baker, Jack Phillips, who, lower courts ruled, had discriminated against a gay couple by declining to bake a wedding cake for them, the Washington Post reported.
And in the decision that will probably get the most attention on cable news, it has decided to take on President Donald Trump’s travel ban case in October.
What’s more, it decided to remove the majority of the blocks to the executive order put in place by lower courts, thus putting the ban back into effect immediately, according to the Washington Times.
Justices said the lower court rulings that blocked Mr. Trump’s policy were far too broad, and said the president can begin to enforce his ban against foreigners who don’t already have some ties to the U.S.
That means the president can begin denying visas to visitors from six countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — who don’t already have family in the U.S., or some other prior connection such as participation in an education program. Mr. Trump is also free to halt refugee admissions worldwide, with the same exception for people who already have a connection to the U.S.
The justices said Mr. Trump is at the peak of his powers when acting on national security concerns in immigration matters when dealing with people who don’t already have a tie to the U.S.
The decision of the court was unanimous, including the more liberal justices such as Justice Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Neil M. Gorsuch said they would have preferred to lift all of the injunctions.
Judge Andrew Napolitano told Fox News the decision is “a victory for President Trump.”
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