US Supreme Court will review Trump travel ban

Posted June 27, 2017

Gorsuch has not been shy to make his voice heard since day one on the bench when, during three one-hour arguments, he sparred with attorneys no fewer than eight times.

The Supreme Court is now divided in arguably four groups, but broadly speaking, eight of the justices fall into one of two camps: those who believe the Constitution is a "living and breathing" document that can be reinterpreted as times change and those who don't.

Not even Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the principal dissent in Obergefell, signed on. As one justice settles into his new job at the Supreme Court, is another about to leave?

The cases include the rights of immigrants to court hearings while they face long periods of detention and the validity of a provision of immigration law that makes deportations easier.

The case could affect the Trump administration's efforts to step up deportation efforts.

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The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it will publish its final rulings for this term on Monday.

Another nominee, Damien Schiff, nominated to the Court of Federal Claims, used a different blog to denounce anti-bullying efforts for "teaching "gayness" in public schools", and criticize the court's ruling in Lawrence v. Texas - that's your ruling, Justice Kennedy - striking down state laws criminalizing homosexual sodomy.

Like many of his colleagues on the Supreme Court Bench, Kennedy's age (80) has been a major talking point for those who anticipated his retirement.

But Kennedy turns 81 next month and has been on the court for almost 30 years. In addition, Kennedy and his clerks gathered over the weekend for a reunion pushed up a year earlier than normal. Trump's first nominee - Justice Neil Gorsuch, himself a former Kennedy clerk - joined the court earlier this year.

The original ban and a later revised order, both blocked by courts, represented one of Trump's most controversial actions.

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"The justices, in effect, said that foreigners with ties or relationships in the United States would not be prohibited from entering the country". They sparked global condemnation and threw travel from the targeted countries - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen - into turmoil.

Before the Supreme Court justices begin their long summer break, they're poised to act on the Trump administration's travel ban and a separation of church and state dispute involving a Missouri church playground.

The nine justices left the Supreme Court bench on Monday morning.

"As the court's most important Justice-at the center of the institution's ideological balance-Justice Kennedy's ability to bridge the divide between left and right on critical issues such as the right to access abortion can not be overstated", said Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, according to Newsweek. His departure from the Court during a Trump presidency, with his successor chosen from a list bequeathed by the Federalist Society or the Heritage Foundation and the Senate in the hands of Mitch McConnell, would eliminate the judicial branch as an effective check-and-balance against unfettered partisan power.

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