President Donald Trump has been trying to enforce federal immigration laws, especially after eight years of Obama not enforcing them as thoroughly as he should have. Federal law states that any immigrant, mainly illegal immigrants, who have been convicted of a crime, especially a felony or violent crime, faces swift and certain deportation out of the United States. This section of the law was legally challenged and arguments heard before the US Supreme Court.
In a very surprising ruling, Justice Neil Gorsuch, appointed to the court by Donald Trump, sided with the 4 liberal justices in a 5-4 ruling in which they stated that portion of the federal immigration law cannot be enforced because the definitions of crimes which constitute swift deportation are too vague for clear enforcement.
(Constitution.com) – There is no denying that Donald Trump’s presidency has been a bit chaotic at times. That’s a fair assessment that may even be understating things a bit.
If we’re being frank, the man has been under attack from all angles from the moment he announced his political intentions several years ago. During the arduous 2016 election, Trump was even forced to mow throw over a dozen other republicans candidates before finally smashing Hillary Clinton in the general election.
Trump was victorious, however, with much of America shocked at the results. Trump was very much the anti-candidate: A man whose flaws were out in the open, who was unafraid of his opinions being unpopular, and who wasn’t going to be taken advantage of by lobbyists and special interest groups. This resonated with Americans, who were growing increasingly sick and tired of the Washington status quo, and soon we had ourselves a very unorthodox POTUS…
Many believed that Gorsuch was as conservative and a staunch stickler for the law as was his predecessor, Justice Antonin Scalia, that he would automatically vote to support the current law but his siding with the four liberals sends a very mixed message as to what can be expected from the high court in other high-profile cases, like that of Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop.