Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

US Supreme Court Approves Trump's Travel Ban

US Supreme Court Approves Trump's Travel Ban

President Donald Trump basked in the news of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's upcoming retirement during a rally in North Dakota on Wednesday and promised to fill his seat with a conservative nominee who's going to serve for "40 years" or more.

During his tenure on the Supreme Court, Kennedy, who was appointed by Reagan and took the bench in 1988, has often been called the "swing vote", as he is seen as more moderate than his colleagues, four of whom are considered more progressive, and four more conservative.

"It has been the greatest honor and privilege to serve our nation in the federal judiciary for 43 years, 30 of those years on the Supreme Court", Kennedy said in a statement.

The Supreme Court allowed it to go largely into effect in December while legal challenges continued.

That will give President Donald Trump the chance to cement conservative control of the high court.

We'll have more on these two rulings later in the broadcast. "But this kind of decision makes you believe that people who look like us don't really belong here". Since Kennedy became the reliably median justice, the ideological range between the middle five justices has been wider than it was at any other time in modern Supreme Court history.

Justices Samuel Alito Jr., Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy and Neil Gorsuch joined the majority.

The same will be said about future Supreme Court rulings with Justice Kennedy's absence on the court.

Replacing Kennedy with a pro-life, originalist judge could give the Supreme Court its first pro-life majority since before 1973, potentially enabling Roe v. Wade to finally be overturned in one of several battles over pro-life state laws now winding through the legal system.

But several Democratic lawmakers accused McConnell of being a hypocrite considering that the GOP leader blocked President Obama's Supreme Court nominee in 2016 because it was an election year.

In a majority opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court ruled 5-4 that the most recent version of the ban, which the administration claims is justified by national security concerns, was valid.

A Republican appointee, he has held the key vote on such high-profile issues as abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, guns, campaign finance and voting rights. It is not hard to imagine that numerous court's rulings this week would have been very different had a Justice Merrick Garland been on the court rather than a Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Trump already has left an imprint on the court, restoring its 5-4 conservative majority with the appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch a year ago after the president's fellow Republicans in the Senate in 2016 refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland. "It is likely that Kennedy's successor will be more anti-choice than Kennedy was", Glenn Cohen, a Professor at Harvard Law School and an expert on medical ethics, told Business Insider.

Trump already has a list of 25 candidates - 24 judges and Utah Senator Mike Lee - from which the White House has previously said he would choose a nominee.

Kennedy's decision was disclosed on the final day of the court's current term, which began in October.

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