This report covers the April 25, 2018 case concerning President Trump’s travel ban heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
On April 25, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) heard oral arguments regarding President Trump’s September 2017 Proclamation banning individuals from admission to the United States who are from the following countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and North Korea, and some individuals from Venezuela.1 This was the third version of President Trump’s “travel ban” that was put forward as policy in January 2017. Shortly after the Proclamation was issued, federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland blocked the Proclamation.2 The case from Hawaii is now before SCOTUS.
Currently, due to a SCOTUS decision in December 2017 to allow the ban to take effect,3 nationals of the specified countries are subject to restrictions on travel to the United States, unless otherwise exempt. The soon-to-be-issued SCOTUS ruling will decide whether people from the specified countries would be able to enter the U.S. for business, academic, or personal reasons without obtaining a waiver.
Based on the oral arguments, a majority of SCOTUS may be prepared to sustain the administration’s authority to impose a travel ban restricting entry into the United States on national security grounds from several predominantly Muslim countries. At the same time, several of the Court’s justices questioned the solicitor general about the government’s national security claims for the travel ban, asking the solicitor general to explain why the restrictions should not be seen as tainted by religious animus.
SCOTUS is typically deferential to the executive branch of government in matters of national security. It appears from the oral arguments that a majority of SCOTUS may not be prepared to find the travel ban unconstitutional.
SCOTUS is expected to issue its decision in June. It may make a partial or complete ruling on the matter. Therefore, SCOTUS may do the following:
KPMG Law LLP in Canada will continue to monitor the situation, and will endeavor to keep GMS Flash Alert readers informed as developments occur.
1 Trump v. Hawaii. See various write-ups on the case heard April 25, 2018 by SCOTUS on SCOTUSblog.com. For example, see M. Walsh, “A ‘view’ from the courtroom: An audience of luminaries for the final argument of the term.“ As noted on SCOTUSblog.com: The Supreme Court has posted the audio and transcript (PDF 668 KB) of yesterday’s arguments in Trump v. Hawaii.
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2 For our earlier report, see GMS Flash Alert 2017-181, December 8, 2017.
Please note that the latter is a 3rd party (non-KPMG, non-governmental) website. Providing this link in no way represents an endorsement or a recommendation for this site.
* Please note that KPMG LLP (U.S.) does not provide any immigration services. However, KPMG Law LLP in Canada can assist clients with U.S. immigration matters.
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