We have been told by the media that President Trump won on his travel restriction order at the Supreme Court Tuesday, but he only won on one issue. The restrictions were in reality gutted after Hawaiian Judge Derrick Watson defied the Supreme Court and put a new hold on the order.
What Trump did win was the refugee resettlement issue. The 24,000 refugees who have been approved and who are waiting in centers are not exempt. They are not considered to have a “bona fide” relationship with the United States.
Trump lost on chain migration.
Watson’s order added grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins to a list that already included a parent, spouse, fiancé, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the U.S. That expanded list of relatives remains in effect. The Supreme Court refused to define “bona fide” which allows Watson’s order to stand on that issue.
That is chain migration. Lest we forget, these “close” relatives can in turn sponsor their “close” relatives. And who is to say they are or aren’t relatives? Remember, these are countries that do not have legitimate government records. In fact, in Somalia, immigration activists say that everyone in a particular tribe considers themselves a relative, irrespective of blood relationships.
Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas would have blocked Watson’s order in its entirety but were in the minority. Those same three justices said last month they would have allowed the Trump travel ban to take full effect.
This is not a win though it is being played as one in the media. The winner is Judge Derrick Watson, an Obama appointee and former school chum of Barack Obama’s.