Travel Ban Victory!

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The Supreme Court announced on Monday that President Trump’s temporary travel ban can stand until it is formally reviewed in the fall. The ban affects people wishing to visit the U.S. from six majority-Muslim countries, but it exempts people with clearly defined connections to the U.S.

There were no dissenting views, and the vote was 9-0. However, three conservative justices thought the whole ban should have gone into effect.

These are the parameters for the temporary travel ban:

  • Lasts 90 days (the ban will have lifted by the time the Court reconvenes)
  • It is understood that the administration will review vetting processes during this time
  • Affects people visiting from six majority-Muslim countries: Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, and Iran
  • The case will be argued again the first week of October (Dec or Jan decision)
  • Those allowed to visit are people with connections to the U.S.: foreign nationals who are college students, foreign workers recruited by U.S. firms, and people who have blood relatives here
  • Takes effect in 72 hours

Why this Matters: Perhaps the most important aspect of this ruling is that it reaffirms the authority of Congress and the President over our nation’s lawful immigration system. It is also a big win for the President and our national security.

How to Pray: The Department of Homeland Security and other agencies affected will truly examine our vetting processes and national security and revise any areas that need attention. Pray for the safety of ICE and immigration agents, police and other security officials. Thank God for a victory!

Other Rulings:

The Supreme Court gave Trinity Lutheran Church a victory in its lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The Church’s preschool playground needed resurfacing so they applied for a state grant to help cover the cost. The state of Missouri denied the grant because it was a religious institution seeking help. The Church will now get its grant, and the Court affirmed the right of religious institutions to have access to government money.

Praise God for this triumph!

In a 4-3 vote, the Court ruled that gay parents will be allowed to put both of their names on their children’s birth certificates. Two female couples in Arkansas brought the suit because that state would not list the non-biological parent’s name. The Court concluded that because husbands who are not the biological fathers are allowed to be listed on birth certificates, this should apply to homosexuals as well. The dissenting justices were conservatives Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch.

Pray for these brave justices! May God reward their righteousness, and may the Lord give President Trump the opportunity to appoint more like them.

The Court also announced that it will hear the case of a Christian baker in Denver, Colorado, who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The baker said that forcing him to support homosexuality was a violation of his religious beliefs and constitutional rights.

This is good news for believers! Pray that God will give this case favor before the justices. It has wide-reaching implications for all of us.

Prov. 14:22 – Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.

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