Trump Wins Again - Supreme Court rules 5-4 to uphold travel ban

Donald Trump has embarked on a protectionist America First agenda since coming to power

Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban in Trump v. Hawaii Ruling AFP 26 Jun 2018

It restricts, to varying degrees, the entry of citizens from seven countries: Iran, North Korea, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Venezuela. The initial order, signed one week after he took office in January a year ago, led to days of nationwide protests and chaos at airports across the country. "The Supreme Court ruling was a tremendous victory for our country", Trump said at the White House not long after the decision.

Trump has signed three versions of executive orders on immigration restrictions targeting several Muslim-majority countries.

The travel ban was implemented haphazardly at the start of the Trump administration and faced repeated setbacks from the U.S. legal system. "But some do not-and they say so openly".

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled to uphold a thinner version of Trump's original travel ban.

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Chief Justice John G. Roberts, who wrote the majority opinion, acknowledged what Trump had said, but he said the "issue before us is not whether to denounce the statements". "We express no view on the soundness of the policy", Roberts added.

The dissent also states that "a reasonably observer would conclude that [the ban] was motivated by anti-Muslim animus". She added that the five justices who approved the ban also turned "a blind eye to the pain and suffering the proclamation inflicts upon countless families and individuals, many of whom are USA citizens".

A signature part of President Trump's campaign and a signature moment of his first days in office has now received validation from the U.S. Supreme Court.

"The Supreme Court has upheld the clear authority of the President to defend the national security of the United States".

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"We just have to know who's coming here", he said.

Mr Jadwat likened the Court's decision to the ruling which upheld Japanese-American internment during World War Two.

The American Civil Liberties Union responded to the ruling by saying, "This ruling will go down in history as one of the Supreme Court's great failures".

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"I think all of us agree the immigration system needs an overhaul, but at the same time we need to take some precautions and make sure that Americans are safe first", Ross said. A second version also hit legal snags before it expired. "The Government has set forth a sufficient national security justification to survive rational basis review".

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