Monday, December 4, 2017

SCOTUS: Trump's Travel Ban Can Stay

The Supreme Court of the United States decided today that Trump's contested travel ban can go as planned without restriction. However, this does not mean that the ban is here to stay forever. Challenges are still traveling through the lower courts. The Supreme Court is waiting for these to decide before making a more final decision.

It is interesting to note that because the Supreme Court sided with the ban, this may indicate where it officially stands. Lower courts may have a difficult time trying to find a different rationale.  The president has an obligation to protect the nation under the Constitution, Immigration Act of 1952 and 8 U.S. Code § 1182 - Inadmissible aliens.

Some in the Catholic Church are attacking President Trump over this despite the Catholic Church's teaching that leaders have a right to protect their nations.

Also, the  Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People: People on the Move - N° 88-89, April - December 2002 Migration and the Social Doctrine of the Church says:

b. Is the right to emigration absolute? Can it ever be limited?
The SDC also recognizes the right of states to control entry of persons and their borders. They have a right and duty to protect their sovereignty as well as the internal order that guarantees security, basic human rights and freedoms. Thus states can make practical decisions that control immigration.[4] It is, however important to remember the principle that immigrants must always be treated with the respect due to the dignity of every human person. In the matter of controlling the influx of immigrants, the consideration which should rightly be given to the common good should not ignore this principle. The challenge is to combine the welcome due to every human being, especially when in need, with a reckoning of what is necessary for both the local inhabitants and the new arrivals to live a dignified and peaceful life.[5]

While we must help everyone, we must also be cautious. Today's world is much more different than the world Christ was in and those who were before Him.  We live in a world where some want to kill Americans in any way possible. Our nation must be aware of who it is allowing to enter. Unfortunately, we just cannot let anyone enter these days.  It is the sad reality that we live in.  This makes our job as Catholics much more difficult and important in regards to changing this world. We must make this world submit to Christ so that we can have societies of love where people can travel to any nation and not worry about being attacked.  A world where there is no more terrorism and where we can live as brothers and sisters.


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