US Supreme Court Upholds Trump’s Travel Ban

US Supreme Court Upholds Trump’s Travel Ban

US Supreme Court Upholds Trump’s Travel Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday narrowly upheld the Trump administration's travel restrictions on citizens of five majority-Muslim countries, handing President Donald Trump a victory in enforcing one of his most controversial policies.

The Supreme Court ruling, by a 5-4 Conservative-driven majority, came after lower courts had struck down each of the three versions of the president's travel ban.


This was painfully obvious in the travel-ban decision: The justices, scoring points as if in a debating competition, missed the big-picture impact their decision would have on discrimination generally and on the president's shaky regard for the rule of law. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of, its sponsors or advertisers.

INSKEEP: Total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States is the way the president phrased it then.

Federal trial judges in Hawaii and Maryland had blocked the travel ban from taking effect, finding that the new version looked too much like its predecessors.

Those who support and oppose Trump's ban said the ruling opens the door for the president to fully flex his executive authority to restrict legal immigration from additional countries as long as he provides a rational reason to do so, such as national security or public safety.

Following the court's decision, advocacy and rights groups said the country would see an unprecedented number of families separated and warned of an increase in attacks against Muslims.

The Trump policy applies to travelers from five countries with overwhelmingly Muslim populations - Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. But the high court on December 4 allowed it to go fully into effect while the legal challenge continued.

The Chief Justice said the actions taken by Mr Trump to suspend entry of certain classes of people were "well within executive authority and could have been taken by any other president - the only question is evaluating the actions of this particular President in promulgating an otherwise valid proclamation". Sotomayor also described various statements Trump made on the campaign trail.

The dissent also states that "a reasonably observer would conclude that [the ban] was motivated by anti-Muslim animus".

Nevertheless, this marks a significant victory for Mr Trump - and for presidential power to set immigration policy in general - albeit by the narrowest of margins.

Chaos reigned at airports after Trump signed his initial ban against immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries during his first week in office in January 2017. Several universities and higher-education groups have been vocal in opposing the travel ban in all its versions, arguing that the policy would create an unwelcoming environment for worldwide scholars.

But the restrictions on North Korea and Venezuela were not part of the legal challenge. He was convicted of violating a military "exclusion order", which required "all persons of Japanese ancestry" to relocate from designated areas in the Western United States to government-run internment camps.

After a more moderate version of the two GOP proposals failed on Thursday and two delays on the Republicans' "compromise" bill, pressure is on the president's party to finally deliver a fix to the country's immigration problems, including controversial family separations along the US border.

But it became clear the Supreme Court was prepared to rule for the administration.

In a significant case for organized labor, the court's conservatives indicated opposition during arguments on February 26 to so-called agency fees that some states require non-members to pay to public-sector unions.

In one of two dissenting opinions, Justice Sonia Sotomayor - who was joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg - said the court's decision "fails to safeguard" the "principle of religious neutrality in the First Amendment".

"And for the court to say the court of national opinion overturns Korematsu - we can't wait around for national opinion to overturn this decision", she said.

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