Unconstitutional Or Not: What You Need To Know About Trump's Travel Ban

Unconstitutional Or Not: What You Need To Know About Trump's Travel Ban

Will the Supreme Court agree that the travel (aka immigration) ban is unconstitutional?
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On Jan. 27, President Trump issued the infamous immigration/travel ban — aka, an executive order "protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States." But do you know who this order really affects? Or why was it shot down as "unconstitutional" three times in a row? And do you think it'll stand in the Supreme Court now, considering who's in there...?

So who did the immigration/travel ban effect?

Well according to the White House executive order:

"In order to protect Americans, the United States must ensure that those admittedu to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles."

Sounds alright, except that wish coincides with this faulty mindset:

“We’ve had dozens and dozens of terrorism cases from these seven countries, case after case after case,” said senior White House adviser Stephen Miller.

Which is simply not true, because the travel ban affects Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia — seven countries with refugees who CNN states have no record of having "killed anyone in terrorist attacks on American soil." Furthermore, those being banned include visitors, students, workers on temporary visas, new immigrants issued visas (green cards) based on employee or family status and most notably, refugees — indefinitely barring Syrian refugees in particular.

But why is it considered unconstitutional?

It's been speculated that the nations listed are being targeted because they are predominately Muslim. Yet some argued that not all Muslim countries were banned, especially not countries where a vast majority of Muslims live like Saudi Arabia despite it being the center of Islamic religious activity, so there must be a reasonable explanation for all this. And of course, there is.

The countries that made the cut are nations President Trump maintains business ties with, and as any clever businessman knows, it's best to stay on your connections' good side.

This temporary ban also suspended "entry of all refugees — those who want to resettle in the United States — for 120 days and barred refugees from Syria indefinitely." However, the ban was as more temporary than expected, because within a week after it was issued, federal Judge James Robart in Seattle temporarily lifted the ban nationwide.

A three-judge federal appeals panel met soon after on Feb. 9 and came to the unanimous decision to reject reinstatement of the travel ban. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld this decision, supported by technology giants like Apple, Google, Microsoft and 94 other companies by filing the legal brief opposing the ban due to its predicted harmful effect on American businesses. So far, the ban has been ruled unconstitutional.

Trump fired back right away, finally bringing this questionable executive order under the scrutiny of the Supreme Court.

And if you think Trump sounds cocky for a president who just got shot down thrice yet still insists he's right, well, he's got a reason for that, too. On Jan. 31, the president nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch as a Supreme Court justice, a solid conservative who is expected to break the possible 4-4 tie regarding the case if his nomination is accepted. But when asked for his opinion regarding the ban during the second day of the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing, Gorsuch said he felt it would be "grossly improper of a judge to do that," so nothing confirms if he'll vote in favor of Trump or not. Still, if there's one positive note to end this on, it's that at least this nominee has enough sense to handle himself with dignity and just enough humor to get by.

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'As A Woman,' I Don't Need To Fit Your Preconceived Political Assumptions About Women

I refuse to be categorized and I refuse to be defined by others. Yes, I am a woman, but I am so much more.

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It is quite possible to say that the United States has never seen such a time of divisiveness, partisanship, and extreme animosity of those on different sides of the political spectrum. Social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are saturated with posts of political opinions and are matched with comments that express not only disagreement but too often, words of hatred. Many who cannot understand others' political beliefs rarely even respect them.

As a female, Republican, college student, I feel I receive the most confusion from others regarding my political opinions. Whenever I post or write something supporting a conservative or expressing my right-leaning beliefs and I see a comment has been left, I almost always know what words their comment will begin with. Or in conversation, if I make my beliefs known and someone begins to respond, I can practically hear the words before they leave their mouth.

"As a woman…"

This initial phrase is often followed by a question, generally surrounding how I could publicly support a Republican candidate or maintain conservative beliefs. "As a woman, how can you support Donald Trump?" or "As a woman, how can you support pro-life policies?" and, my personal favorite, "As a woman, how did you not want Hillary for president?"

Although I understand their sentiment, I cannot respect it. Yes, being a woman is a part of who I am, but it in no way determines who I am. My sex has not and will not adjudicate my goals, my passions, or my work. It will not influence the way in which I think or the way in which I express those thoughts. Further, your mention of my sex as the primary logic for condemning such expressions will not change my adherence to defending what I share. Nor should it.

To conduct your questioning of my politics by inferring that my sex should influence my ideology is not only offensive, it's sexist.

It disregards my other qualifications and renders them worthless. It disregards my work as a student of political science. It disregards my hours of research dedicated to writing about politics. It disregards my creativity as an author and my knowledge of the subjects I choose to discuss. It disregards the fundamental human right I possess to form my own opinion and my Constitutional right to express that opinion freely with others. And most notably, it disregards that I am an individual. An individual capable of forming my own opinions and being brave enough to share those with the world at the risk of receiving backlash and criticism. All I ask is for respect of that bravery and respect for my qualifications.

Words are powerful. They can be used to inspire, unite, and revolutionize. Yet, they can be abused, and too comfortably are. Opening a dialogue of political debate by confining me to my gender restricts the productivity of that debate from the start. Those simple but potent words overlook my identity and label me as a stereotype destined to fit into a mold. They indicate that in our debate, you cannot look past my sex. That you will not be receptive to what I have to say if it doesn't fit into what I should be saying, "as a woman."

That is the issue with politics today. The media and our politicians, those who are meant to encourage and protect democracy, divide us into these stereotypes. We are too often told that because we are female, because we are young adults, because we are a minority, because we are middle-aged males without college degrees, that we are meant to vote and to feel one way, and any other way is misguided. Before a conversation has begun, we are divided against our will. Too many of us fail to inform ourselves of the issues and construct opinions that are entirely our own, unencumbered by what the mainstream tells us we are meant to believe.

We, as a people, have become limited to these classifications. Are we not more than a demographic?

As a student of political science, seeking to enter a workforce dominated by men, yes, I am a woman, but foremost I am a scholar, I am a leader, and I am autonomous. I refuse to be categorized and I refuse to be defined by others. Yes, I am a woman, but I am so much more.

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7 Types Of People You're Bound To Get Stuck With In A Group Project, Mostly Unfortunately

Who is in your group can often determine how the project is going to go.

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There are many different methods that teachers can use to get students to understand the material. Group work is often painful for a wide spectrum of personality types, as it means that students must work together and collaborate to create something that everyone can be proud of.

Who is in your group can often determine how the project is going to go, so here are seven types of people who could be in your group project:

1. The Leader

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The rubric is handed over and this person cannot wait to get started. Everyone wants this person in their group because they know that this person isn't going to let the group get a bad grade, and they will be really good at organizing and working hard.

2. The Shy One

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The words "group project" makes this person want to run away hide immediately. They'll do their part, but it's going to take a LOT of encouragement to get this person to give their opinion.

3. The Slacker

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The kid that hands in their slides the night before. The kid that needs constant reminders that the project is due in x amount of days. The kid that thinks someone else will end up doing the work for them because they just truly don't care. Yeah, you probably know them all too well.

4. The Clown

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This is the person that maybe isn't taking the project so seriously, but they do love the idea of getting to make the whole group laugh. They love attention so they're going to give silly suggestions and get the group off topic. They aren't always helpful, but they can be fun.

5. The Best Friends

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If you happen to get stuck in a group where two of the group members are "BFF's," you'll know it right away. The names will be read and the giggling will start. These two are gonna talk to each other the entire time, and not give any input, but on the bright side, they will probably go to Starbucks together and get their work done on time!

6. The One Who's "Too Cool"

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This person is far too cool for school, let alone this group project. They want everyone to know that they think this project is lame and that they don't care about grades. The perfect addition to any team! Right?!

7. The No Show

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This person's name is called on the first day, but they aren't there. "We'll just assign them a part to do when they get back" you'll say. "They'll show up when we have to present" you'll say. Oh silly, productive student, this person is not showing up.

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