The Supreme Court of the United States is set to hear arguments this week regarding President Trump’s decision to restrict entry into the US for visitors from specific countries; setting the stage for a major legal showdown over a central issue of his administration.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the nation’s highest court will rule on whether the President’s decision to restrict travelers from specific nations was “tainted by religious bias” or falls within his executive authority to protect US citizens from foreign threats.
“One is the question of when the executive can free itself from the taint of earlier remarks or earlier actions, because if you pretend there were no campaign promises of a Muslim ban and there was no Version 1.0 of a travel ban, the administration’s position looks a lot better,” said a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
Lower courts blocked the President’s executive order within days of his so-called “travel ban,” accusing the administration of blatant anti-Muslim bias and “racism” over the revised guidelines.
The Supreme Court is expected to announce its decision by June.