The Major Takeaways Before The Supreme Court's Summer Vacation
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School's out for summer for the Supreme Court as today is the last day for the high court to rule on cases. VICE Impact has dedicated the rundown to a quick and dirty explanation of what's on SCOTUS's docket on the final day.
Happy anniversary: Two years ago today, the Supreme Court made marriage equality legal, protecting the rights of same-sex couples across the country. Throughout the month of June and from coast to coast, the LGBTQ community has been celebrating Pride. There's a very long way to go towards achieving true equality, especially on adoption rights and bathroom access, but it's important to count this as one of the major victories of the LGBTQ civil rights movement.
Up in the air: President Trump's infamous travel ban that temporarily blocked people from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the US was shut down by multiple lower courts and hasn't had any success with the revised versions. The White House has asked the Supremes to step in and today they will decide whether or not to hear arguments in the case next session in the fall. Until then they can either ok the ban or keep it on hold before the potential court date is set later this year.
Additionally, hundreds of Iraqis in Ohio are anxiously awaiting a decision in Detroit on a temporary halt on their deportation. The ACLU of Michigan filed an emergency request to halt the deportation stressing the strong possibility of persecution, torture and death if the Iraqis are forced back home.
Crossing the line: In 2010, US Border Patrol Agent Jesus Mesa shot and killed Mexican teen Sergio Hernandez -- Mesa stood on the US side of the border, while Hernandez died on the Mexican side. Hernandez had been playing a game with his friends when Mesa killed the boy, and his family is seeking justice. Mexico has charged Mesa with murder, but the US has refused to extradite him and now SCOTUS is weighing in. Whether or not Hernandez is entitled to Constitutional protections is in limbo until the Supremes rule on the case.
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Fingers crossed: Last week the high court unanimously came to the conclusion in the case of Divna Maslenjak that the government cannot take back someone's citizenship for lying. Maslenjak is a former Bosnian refugee-turned-US-citizen who immigrated to the states in the 90s, saying she feared for her family's safety while her country was locked in a war. It turns out her husband was guilty of war crimes and she lied about their persecution status, which got them deported. The Supremes said it was unfair to rescind citizenship after it had been given, which protects the rights of millions of immigrants who are now naturalized citizens.
Rumors flying: It's a case of he-said-she-said in whether Justice Kennedy will step down from the bench following the end of this term. Kennedy is 80-years-old and has been an Associate Justice for nearly 30 years. Although he's a conservative-leaning justice, Kennedy has been a swing vote on many landmark cases including same-sex marriage and women's health. Kennedy's retirement would give President Trump another seat to fill, having nominated Neil Gorsuch to replace uber-conservative justice, Antonin Scalia.
Boxed In: Last week, SCOTUS said that it would take on a gerrymandering case from Wisconsin where petitioners have alleged the Republicans unfairly created districts to give them more power. The court has said it's definitely not legal to skew maps based on partisan politics, but there's still wiggle room in that ruling. This new case side-steps any legal mumbo-jumbo that will specify just how much map drawing is out of bounds.