Trump hails Supreme Court's support for travel ban

Trump hails Supreme Court's support for travel ban

Trump hails Supreme Court's support for travel ban

Ramping up for midterm elections, President Trump embraced yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court travel ban ruling as a political victory as much as a legal one - as Democrats, activists and even five of the court's justices decried statements Trump made about the ban as anti-religious. In a majority opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court ruled 5-4 that the most recent version of the ban, which the administration claims is justified by national security concerns, was valid.

Roberts writes that the order is "expressly premised on legitimate purposes: preventing entry of nationals who can not be adequately vetted and inducing other nations to improve their practices".

Lower courts had deemed the ban unconstitutional, but the USA top court reversed the decision in a 5-4 ruling.

Tuesday's court decision means the ban will remain in effect.

As Shoulder to Shoulder, a national organization on which I serve as a member of the executive committee, said, the Supreme Court upheld the "de facto Muslim ban that targets our Muslim neighbors on the basis of their religious affiliation". The third travel ban, affirmed by the Supreme Court today, is narrower than the travel ban Washington defeated previous year.

A leader with the ACLU of Georgia said it's important for people who oppose the ban to speak up. Trump said in a White House statement.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued Trump previous year over the travel ban affecting seven majority-Muslim nations.

Trump's original travel ban - whose official title was Executive Order 13769 - sparked chaos across United States airports after its implementation last February.

During the campaign, Trump infamously called "for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on".

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, writing the dissent, said they show that the travel ban was motivated by animosity toward a disfavored group. And as you point out, they did add two non-Muslim countries to the list - North Korea and Venezuela.

The lower courts had ruled that all three versions either violate federal law or are unconstitutional.

But he added that presidents and the country have not always lived up "to those inspiring words".

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