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Religious/Moral/Ethical Conflicts
During President Trump's 1st Year in Office:

2017-DEC: U.S. Supreme Court & the
9th Circuit Court rule on Trump's travel
ban. Polls look bad for Republicans.

Part 19

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This topic is continued here from the previous essay.

2017-SEP-12: U.S. Supreme Court issues ruling to allow President Trump's ban on Muslims to continue:

The High Court issued a temporary ruling supporting President Trump's then current version of his ban on residents from six predominately Muslim countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. His ban has been repeatedly modified since the first one was issued in early 2017.The High Court ruled that the government can continue to prohibit residents of these countries from visiting the U.S., at least until the Court issues their final ruling. That will probably occur during 2018-JUN.

The ruling stated:

"The application for stay of mandate presented to Justice Kennedy and by him referred to the Court is granted, and the issuance of the mandate of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in case No. 17-16426 is stayed with respect to refugees covered by a formal assurance, pending further order of this Court." 1

Some have suggested that the ban on the six countries doesn't make a lot of sense. Only one terrorist attack has been perpetrated by residents from predominately Muslim countries. That involved the 19 terrorists who attacked the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, DC on 2001-SEP-11. Fifteen of them came from Saudi Arabia, two from the United Arab Emirates, and one each from Egypt and Lebanon. None of those countries are on the banned list. 2

This means that visitors to the U.S. from any of these six countries will continue to be banned from the U.S. -- at least for now -- even if they have close family ties with people in the U.S.

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2017-DEC-04: U.S. Supreme Court permits latest version of Trump's Muslim ban to continue:

The Trump administrations had produced a new iteration of their travel ban of residents from the same six predomately Muslim countries. 3

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary ruling, stating that the ban could be fully implemented for now -- pending a final ruling by the Court. The vote of the Justices was 5 to 2 in favor of the ban. Only Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor voted against allowing the ban to proceed. Some commentator on the Supreme Court activities suggest that this vote may indicate majority support within the court for Trump's travel ban.

Lower courts had previously issued ruling stating that residents from these six countries who want to see close relatives in the U.S. would be permitted to visit. However, this temporary ruling by the High Court reversed these decisions.

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2017-DEC-22: Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issues ruling declaring ban to be illegal:

The Blaze web site reported:

"The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that President Trump’s third iteration of his travel ban was illegal, but there’s a big catch to the decision. 4

The plaintiffs based their case on the belief that the ban violated the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. They offered in evidence statements made during the 2016 presidential campaign during which candidate Trump had repeatedly called for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. The Trump Administration has since denied an anti-Muslim bias, and asserted that the countries to be banned were selected only on the basis of the threat that terrorists there posed to the U.S. That is, all of the countries that the ban affected just happened to be predominately Muslim.

The Court of Appeals ruling stated that visitors with "strong connections" to the United States would be exempt from the ban and be able to visit.

The 9th Circuit Court ruled that:

"The Executive [Branch of the federal Government] cannot without assent of Congress supplant its statutory scheme with one stroke of a presidential pen." 4

However, the Court also ruled that the Trump Administration's ban would remain in force until the U.S. Supreme Court releases its final ruling. That is expected during 2018-JUN.

Neal Katyal, Attorney General for the State of Hawaii 4 tweeted:

"We have just won (again). Trump's 3d travel ban has been declared illegal by the court of appeals. Huge thanks to the Hawaii AG & @hoganlovells teams for incredible work. The stakes are high, as my closing argument to the ... [court] emphasized."

A video of the Attorney General's closing arguments are online. 5

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2017-DEC-22: reports on political polls at the end of 2017:

Their weekly polling roundup is called "Pollapalooza." This week is less than 11 months away from the midterm federal elections. On 2018-NOV-06, 33 Senate seats and all 435 House seats will be up for election. Their article discusses polls showing public opinion on the Republican and Democratic parties near the end of 2017. Some results:

  • CNN has a generic congressional survey which indicates the overall public opinion on the two parties. Democrats led Republicans by a remarkable 56% to 38% -- an 18% percentage point lead. This is margin that has not happened in at least 80 years since records have been kept!

  • FiveThirtyEight's generic ballot shows Democrats leading Republicans by 49.6% to 37.4% -- an 12.2 percentage point lead. The group estimates that the Democrats only need to lead the Republicans by 5.5 to 8 percentage points to win the House in 2018-NOV.

  • A Pew Research poll found that 60% of U.S. adults believe that race relations have degenerated under Trump.

  • A Gallup poll found that 72% of U.S. adults believe that the country's health care system is in crisis.

  • President Trumps disapproval rating was 57.2%. This has been steadily increasing since he took office. His approval rating has been declining over his term and has now reached 37.0%. 6

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More developments expected

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

The following information source was used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlink is not necessarily still active today.

  1. Eleanor Sheehan, "Supreme Court Sides With Trump Administration's Request to Continue Banning Refugees," 2017-SEP-12, at:
  2. "Hijackers in the September 11 attacks," Wikipedia, as on 2017-DEC-15, at:
  3. Rafi Schwartz, "Supreme Court Lets Latest Version of Trump's Muslim Travel Ban Go Ahead," Splinter News, 2017-DEC-04, at:
  4. "Breaking: Ninth Circuit Court finds Trump’s third travel ban illegal – but there’s a catch." The Blaze, 2017-DEC-22, at:
  5. Neal Katyal, "Video of Hawaii v. Trump oral argument," C-Span, 2017-DEC-06, at:
  6. Harry Enten, "The Democrats’ Wave Could Turn Into A Flood," FiveThirtyEight, 2017-DEC-22, at:

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Author: B.A. Robinson.
Last updated on: 2018-JAN-01.
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