Supreme Court to hear arguments on Trump's travel ban

Cherri Gregg
April 24, 2018 - 10:05 pm
Fuad Sharef Suleman, his wife, Arazoo Ibrahim, and their three children arrived in Nashville in 2017 after being denied access following the travel ban.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The U.S. Supreme Court will begin to hear oral arguments on the third version of President Donald Trump's travel ban. 

The ban prevents immigrants, refugees and visa holders from Iran, Libya North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen from coming into the U.S. since December 2017. The high court's decision will determine whether it is permanent.

"There is so much debate and strong arguments on a number of sides," said Seth Kreimer, a constitutional law professor at Penn Law School. 

He said the justices will look at three issues: whether courts can address this ban, whether it violates religious freedom and whether the president has the power to keep certain nationalities out of the country.

"The president has made some problems for himself because he keeps tweeting anti-Muslim tweets," he said.

Kreimer noted the original ban was illegal. The third version of the ban is a watered down variation, he added, "whether or not that kind of washes away the initial taint."

He said Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch ruled in favor of the Trump administration in the second version of the ban. He predicts multiple opinions, especially from Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Phillipe Weisz, managing director of HIAS Pennsylvania, explained the nonprofit represents a number of refugees, immigrants and visa holders impacted by the travel ban. 

The 4th and 9th circuit courts ruled against the ban.

"I'm not sure that the Supreme Court can back down," Weisz said. "We certainly hope that the Supreme Court finds in favor of the plaintiff."