When Acting Attorney General refused to defend an executive order, she was taking in to account the evidence given prior to the order that the Trump campaign intended to clamp down specifically on Muslim immigration to the United States.
There is at least one issue on which the justices have spoken with a relatively unified voice, and on which senators from both sides of the aisle should be united: an individual’s right to privacy in the new digital age.
An executive order that seeks to ban Muslims from the country violates the Constitution; a refusal to comply with a court’s ruling on the matter subverts the rule of law and sets up a constitutional crisis.
Preserving Americans’ rights and basic constitutional values depends on having justices with the strength and willingness to stand up against serious abuses of power – even if it means rising above usual ideological alliances to reject bad behavior and legal arguments by the White House occupant who named them.
2017 could bring rulings in the 13 cases that are currently before the courts. These cases could have significant consequences for upcoming elections and set precedents for how important redistricting issues are handled in the future.