The Trump administration has picked up two major immigration victories this week at the U.S. Supreme Court that could play a huge role in November’s election.
Now, the Supreme Court has issued a ruling against a George Soros-backed group, Open Society International, which was seeking funding from the United States to battle AIDS/HIV around the world.
But, according to a law from 2003, no organization can receive funding that does not have a policy “explicitly opposing prostitution and sex trafficking.”
As it turns out, OSI does not have such a policy.
It appears that the Soros-backed group was unwilling to adopt such a policy and sued the government over free speech grounds.
The court held that the Soros-backed group does not have First Amendment protections because foreign citizens outside the U.S. do not possess Constitutional rights.
The case was taken to the Supreme Court, which ruled against the Soros-backed group:
In 2013, that Policy Requirement, as it is known, was held to be an unconstitutional restraint on free speech when applied to American organizations…
Because plaintiffs’ foreign affiliates possess no First Amendment rights, applying the Policy Requirement to them is not unconstitutional. Two bedrock legal principles lead to this conclusion. As a matter of American constitutional law, foreign citizens outside U. S. territory do not possess rights under the U. S. Constitution.
In the case of Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito, and John Roberts ruled against the 1st Amendment right for the Soros front.
Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented against the majority while Justice Elena Kagan did not take part in the case.
The Alliance for Open Society International hoped to soak up federal funds earmarked to stop HIV/AIDS throughout the world. However, they hit a snag due to an act of Congress banning any group that supports prostitution from taking these funds. The leftist group attempted to sue to get around that act of Congress but were rebuked by the conservative majority. Kavanaugh wrote the majority opinion for the case.
This is the second major court ruling this week.
The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from a coalition of environmental groups that claimed President Donald Trump’s construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border was damaging and destroying the environment.
Late last week, the Supreme Court ruled against the American Civil Liberties Union after the liberal group brought a case to the court in an attempt to force the American justice system to give hearings to asylum seekers whose claims have been denied.
In a 7-2 ruling, the high court shut down that claim in a major win for the Trump administration.
The ruling allows immigration officials to quickly deport some asylum seekers without allowing them to argue their case to a judge.
In a massively controversial decision, the Supreme Court ruled last week that the Trump administration can’t immediately terminate the Obama-era Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
In a 5-4 ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with Democrats and held that President Donald Trump can’t continue with his plan to end DACA, which has shielded roughly 800,000 young immigrants from deportation.
After the ruling, Trump said he planned to announce a new list of Supreme Court nominees by Sept. 1.