Duncan Statement on Supreme Court Decisions

June 26, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Supreme Court decided two major cases regarding President Trump’s temporary travel ban for national security purposes and pro-life center free speech in California. Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement:

Trump vs. Hawaii

“I have long supported President Trump’s efforts to make America safe again, and I believe that his temporary travel ban for individuals coming from known terrorist safe havens is wise in these very troubling times. We have to make sure we secure our nation and know who is coming and going, which is why this policy is the right thing to do to protect American citizens. It’s great to see the Supreme Court cut through the misleading rhetoric and misconceptions surrounding the policy to ensure the President can adequately vet people coming into this country.”

Chief Justice John Roberts in the majority opinion, “The proclamation is expressly premised on legitimate purposes: preventing entry of nationals who cannot be adequately vetted and inducing other nations to improve their practices,” Further he wrote, “The text says nothing about religion.”

National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra

“This decision is a win for freedom of speech. Pro-life pregnancy centers shouldn’t be forced by the government, against their will, to promote the heart wrenching atrocities of abortion. These centers are focused on life for the born and unborn, and they deserve to stay that way. California’s provisions were mean spirited, vindictive, and disrespectful to all those who believe in the sanctity of life.”

Justice Anthony Kennedy writes, “It does appear that viewpoint discrimination is inherent in the design and structure of this Act. This law is a paradigmatic example of the serious threat presented when government seeks to impose its own message in the place of individual speech, thought, and expression.”