Supreme Court ruling about Mississippi mentioned in travel ban hearing

David Pearce holds a sign outside of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. President Donald Trump's travel ban faced its biggest legal test yet Tuesday as a panel of federal judges prepared to hear arguments from the administration and its opponents about two fundamentally divergent views of the executive branch and the court system. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

JACKSON, Miss. (WTJV) – The argument over the travel ban on majority- Muslim countries continues. Many say the ban is a form of discrimination.

According to the Clarion-Ledger, President Trump’s justice department backed the ban by citing a Supreme Court ruling stemming out of Mississippi.

They point to the case Palmer v. Thompson, a Supreme Court decision made in 1971.

The ruling made it okay for the city of Jackson to close public pools rather than integrating them.

The justices voted 5-4 ruling that knowing the reason for the closure, which some say was racially motivated, wasn’t necessary.

“If the only or the principle legal authority you have to stand on is a discredited Supreme Court from the segregation era then it tells you that it’s a legally questionable proposition,” says Mississippi College Law Professor Matt Steffey. “Purpose informs meaning. The courts are always concerned with a purpose. The best indication with the purpose is what the law says. The second best is how it was explained and having it repeatedly explained as a Muslim ban or a partial Muslim ban or a partial temporary Muslim ban it’s an uphill battle legally,” adds Steffey.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit continues to hear the case.

 

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