The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld an order restricting travel to the United States from several majority-Muslim nations.
Writing for the five-justice majority, Chief Justice John Roberts said while “plaintiffs argue that this President’s words strike at fundamental standards of respect and tolerance, in violation of our constitutional tradition ... the issue before us is not whether to denounce the statements.”
In a fiery dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the move preserves “a policy first advertised openly and unequivocally as a ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States’ because the policy now masquerades behind a façade of national-security concerns. … Based on the evidence in the record, a reasonable observer would conclude that the Proclamation was motivated by anti-Muslim animus.”
Joining Chicago Tonight to discuss the ruling are longtime immigration attorney Kalman Resnick; Ahmed Rehab, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Chicago Office; Joseph Morris, a partner at the law firm Morris and De La Rosa who served as an assistant attorney general in the Reagan administration; and attorney John Giokaris, a member of the Federalist Society’s Chicago Lawyers Chapter.