An Executive Order and a Supreme Decision

In the case of a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of the state. The Court determined that South Dakota should be able to continue its requirement that large-scale online sellers without a presence in the state collect and remit sales tax. The ruling from the court today overturns the decision of Quill Corp v. North Dakota decision, a cases decided in 1992,  which stated that companies without physical presence in a state did not need to collect sales tax. The majority opinion noted; "When it decided Quill, the Court could not have envisioned a world in which the world's largest retailer would be a remote seller….In effect, Quill has come to serve as a judicially created tax shelter for businesses that decide to limit their physical presence and still sell their goods and services to a State's consumers."

The majority opinion was written by Justice Kennedy and joined by Justices Thomas, Ginsburg, Alito and Gorsuch. Chief Justice Roberts wrote a dissenting opinion which was joined by Justices Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan.

 

Trump took action on the border. For days Trump, ICE, the DOJ and most of Washington have been criticized for the separation of children from families that has been taking place at the border of the united states and Mexico. Trump took action by signing an executive order. To end children being separated from their families Trump instead called for the entire family to be detained. Trump’s administration claims they are trying to balance rigorous enforcement of U.S. immigration laws and pursue its policy of maintaining family unity.   Trump claims his administration was put "in the position of separating alien families to effectively enforce the law" because of "Congress's failure to act" and "court orders." The court order which Trump is referring to is the 1997 Flores Settlement which required the government to limit the time it keeps unaccompanied minors in detention and to keep them in the least restrictive setting possible. Trump's executive order directs the attorney general to promptly file a request with U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in the Central District of California to modify the Flores Settlement and allow detained migrant families to be held together "throughout the pendency of criminal proceedings ... or other immigration proceedings." Homeland was directed to maintain custody of detained families during criminal proceedings and as their asylum claims are adjudicated.  Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and the heads of other agencies are ordered to find or construct facilities to house the detained families. Finally, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is directed to prioritize the adjudication of cases involving detained families. There is no clear indication of what will be happening to the families who have already been separated.