U.S. top court backs Obama, invalidates Jerusalem passport law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a law that would let American citizens born in Jerusalem have Israel listed in passports as the country of their birth, saying it unlawfully encroached on the president’s powers to set foreign policy.

The 6-3 ruling, a victory for President Barack Obama, comes at a time of strained relations between Israel and the United States, the Jewish state’s most important ally. The Obama administration had said if the law were enforced it would have caused “irreversible damage” to America’s ability to influence the region’s peace process.

Writing for the court in an important ruling on separation of powers within the U.S. government, Kennedy said the U.S. Congress, which enacted the law in 2002, has a role to play in foreign policy but cannot make decisions on recognizing foreign governments. That is the president’s “exclusive power,” Kennedy wrote…

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  • Frances

    Then in what country were these people born?

    • Frau Katze

      I honestly don’t know.

    • Minicapt

      They were born in Israel, and their passports can state that. They just cannot have their passports list as place of birth “Jerusalem, Israel”. Probably the name of any of the city’s suburbs could be used, just not “Jerusalem”.
      The problem is the State Department’s protection of Arab sensitivities.


      • Frances


  • just a thought

    Oh, yes. Obviously it’s the prerogative of the American president to decide what the legitimate borders foreign nations should be. And, remember, Obama is the best friend Israel could possible have, despite his friendship with Edward Said, one of Israel’s most virulent enemies.

    Those clowns make stupid look smart.

    • Gary

      Lets see how Obama would like it if some Nation chose to have the US Passports issued seeing it go back to the 1958 Borders for Hawaii and he would not be the Valid President in their eyes .

  • lgeubank

    U.S. top court makes itself a tool and a willing collaborator in Obama’s lowbrow anti-semitism. Jeremiah Wright reportedly was very pleased with this latest attack on Israel.

    Mussolini for Morons is amazing — he has the power to tell citizens of OTHER countries where they were born! He’s a miracle.