Supreme Court Upholding Donald Trump’s Travel Ban As ‘Constitutional’ Is Fake News


Reports that the Supreme Court ruled that Donald Trump’s travel ban is “constitutional” are false. A decision has not yet been made by the SCOTUS regarding Trump’s controversial travel ban.

According to Snopes, the fake claim originated on The Last Line of Defense, a well-known purveyor of fake news and political satire. The article claimed that the SCOTUS ruled 5-4 that Trump’s travel ban is “well within his constitutional rights to impose,” in addition to claiming that the original executive order was restored. It purported:

The Supreme Court just ruled 5-4 that the President’s travel bans are well within his constitutional rights to impose and because of that, America will be a much safer place. Not only did the court overturn the lower court’s decision on the ban, it also restored the order to its original glory, banning terrorists from 7 countries and allowing President Trump “all of the authority granted a President in matters of immigration.”

The ruling makes significant changes to the way things are going to be done at airports. No longer will you have to be inconveniently pulled out of line at random because we have to search the same number of regular people as we do Muslims. Agents at the airport will be able to profile how they see fit. Without the influx of refugees applying for asylum at the airport, since they simply won’t be coming here. the TSA can work on rooting out the people who want to do us harm who already live here.

There is no truth to this report. The Court recently set a June 12 deadline for those who are challenging the travel ban, however, the SCOTUS has yet to make any ruling. A decision will be made after hearing from the opposing parties. The Last Line of Defense clearly states in their disclaimer that their articles are satirical:

America’s Last Line of Defense is a satirical publication that may sometimes appear to be telling the truth. We assure you that’s not the case. We present fiction as fact and our sources don’t actually exist. Names that represent actual people and places are purely coincidental and all images should be considered altered and do not in any way depict reality.

Trump reignited the debate over his proposed travel ban on Twitter following London’s terror attack. “We need to be smart, vigilant and tough,” Trump tweeted Saturday evening. “We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!” He continued the next morning, “We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don’t get smart it will only get worse.” On Monday morning, Trump referred to the executive order that temporarily bars people from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. as “extreme vetting.”

The tweets could prove to be a setback to the Trump administration, which has framed the ban as a “national security measure.” Foreign policy experts have said that the travel ban actually weakens national security, adding that it would “undermine U.S. global leadership.”

The American Civil Liberties Union has called the executive order a “Muslim ban,” which they say is “discriminatory” and “unconstitutional.” A federal appeals court last month found that the travel ban “in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.”

The travel ban has been blocked twice.

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