Former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz tells Newsmax that Sen. Marco Rubio’s travel ban proposal to help stop the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States is “clearly constitutional.”
“The Congress has the power, as does the president, to protect the public health by banning travel by noncitizens to the United States,” Dershowitz told J.D. Hayworth on “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV Tuesday.
“We can simply deny visas. There’s no constitutional issue there,” he explained.
However, if President Barack Obama and “Congress were to try to prevent American citizens who, say, were sick and wanted to come back to the country for the best medical care, that would pose a different problem, and I don’t think we could keep them out of the country.”
“We could require them to be subject to a quarantine once they came in the country,” he said. “But an American citizen generally has the right to return to his country and seek the best medical care.”
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