SCOTUS Gives Trump A Victory In Deportation Case | Even During A Pandemic, Trump Administration Pushes To End ObamaCare
June 25, 2020
A VICTORY FOR TEAM TRUMP|
The Supreme Court today handed down a victory to the Trump administration in its ruling to uphold a fast-track deportation process for asylum seekers. SCOTUS said those claiming fear of persecution abroad do not have to be given a federal court hearing before their quick removal from the U.S. JUSTICE SAMUEL ALITO wrote the opinion of the court, and JUSTICES SOTOMAYOR and KAGAN dissented. In his 36-page opinion, Alito wrote: “While aliens who have established connections in this country have due process rights in deportation proceedings, the court long ago held that Congress is entitled to set the conditions for an alien’s lawful entry into this country.”
“The Supreme Court is nearing the end of its term and ready to release major decisions on abortion, religion and the separation of powers between the president and Congress — specifically, whether House Democrats or a New York grand jury can obtain PRESIDENT TRUMP’S tax returns.” David Savage with the Los Angeles Times sets the scene for us as another Supreme Court term comes to a close with the biggest blockbuster cases saved for the bitter end.
After today’s opinion handed down from SCOTUS, there are thirteen still remaining. And the 56 total opinions we’re expecting before the end of the term would be the fewest since 1862. Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson and Jordan S. Rubin with Bloomberg Law report on the slim SCOTUS season, which may not even end on time due to COVID-19.
“In Bostock v. Clayton County, the Supreme Court held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects Americans against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The decision will likely have major ripple effects, expanding LGBTQ+ rights in many other areas, including federal consumer protections in the financial marketplace.” In USA Today, Richard Cordray opines that consumers stand to benefit from the recent SCOTUS decision on LGBTQ workplace rights. He adds, “For members of the LGBTQ+ community, protection under the federal consumer laws assures the economic opportunities that flow from access to credit. It means they can no longer be redlined or ousted from their homes. It means they cannot be denied public health services based on mere prejudice. It means they cannot be refused a loan or be subjected to less favorable terms unrelated to their credit standing. In short, it means that the right to love who they choose will extend beyond marriage and carry forward into every aspect of their economic lives.”
IT'S ALREADY HAPPENING|
Samantha Schmidt with The Washington Post reports that LGBTQ workers are already standing up for their rights in the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision. She writes, “Much like the marriage equality ruling helped shift public opinion toward gay rights, LGBTQ advocates hope this decision will spur more inclusive workplaces for the transgender community — especially in the 25 states, including Texas, Alabama, South Carolina and Indiana, that did not previously mandate such protections.”
John Kruzel with The Hill reports the Trump administration is expected to file a brief urging SCOTUS to strike down ObamaCare, even amid a pandemic that continues to devastate the economy and threatens the health and safety of millions of Americans. “The political ground under the latest ObamaCare dispute to reach the high court has shifted at warp speed: When the justices agreed in early March to take up the Republican-led challenge, the country enjoyed historically low jobless numbers and tallied fewer than two dozen cases of coronavirus. Since then, more than 2.3 million in the U.S. have been infected, unemployment has reached the highest point since the Great Depression and an estimated 27 million have lost job-based health coverage.” The brief from the Trump administration will back Texas and 17 other Republican-led states in their effort to eliminate the Affordable Care Act.