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 upheld President Donald Trump's controversial ban on travelers from five mostly Muslim countries - a major victory for the Republican leader after a tortuous legal battle.

The Supreme Court ruled President's Trump's immigration pause was not anti-Muslim.

In light of the Supreme Court's travel ban ruling, the US judge overseeing the lawsuit, Edward Chen in San Francisco, issued an order Tuesday asking attorneys for both sides whether he should reconsider his decision allowing the racial animus claim to move forward.

The current ban, issued last fall, barred various travelers from eight countries, six of them with Muslim majorities.

President Trump hailed the decision as "a tremendous victory for the American people and for our Constitution" in remarks at the White House, according to Reuters.

Airbnb Co-founders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk said in a statement: "We are profoundly disappointed by the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the travel ban - a policy that goes against our mission and values".

Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the majority opinion, writing that Trump's executive order restricting travel is "squarely within the scope of presidential authority". 'While the ACS is strongly committed to assuring the safety of the nation, it does remain concerned, as we expressed in January 2017, about the potentially chilling effect travel bans could have on the scientific enterprise, ' says the organisation's spokesman, Glenn Ruskin.

That newest iteration of the travel ban is a presidential proclamation signed on September 24, 2017, that indefinitely restricted most travel from the countries of Chad, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen -linking the restrictions to those countries' purported vetting deficiencies.


A lawsuit filed Tuesday by New York, California and 15 other states also cites Trump's statement referring to Mexicans crossing the border as rapists as evidence that the border separation policy is consistent with what it calls Trump's demonstrated bias against Latin Americans. In the lead-up to Tuesday's highly anticipated opinion, Trump's tweets were picked apart by lower courts, and his December 2015 reading of a campaign promise-"the total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering" the United States-re-aired on a loop on cable news.

"I don't know how the court can even evoke Korematsu in trying to make a distinction because Korematsu was a decision based on the President saying this is for national security", Hirono said in a speech at the rally, which drew in over 300 people.

The court, she wrote, was "blindly accepting the Government's misguided invitation to sanction a discriminatory policy".

The American Civil Liberties Union and Democratic lawmakers also strongly denounced the court's ruling. On immigration and national security matters, the court has historically deferred to the executive branch of government. Legal analysts say the order isn't very clear, and within hours, courts - including a federal judge in Boston - shoot it down. It also halted refugee admissions for 120 days and indefinitely banned Syrian refugees.

Mr Trump tweaked the order after the 9th United States circuit court of appeals in San Francisco refused to reinstate the ban.

The US Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote put into effect Trump's travel ban. After a review period, the administration determined Chad had satisfactorily improved its system, and removed it from the list.

Since Trump took office in January 2016, US foreign policy has reflected the more protectionist and security-focused values of the administration that followed former president Barack Obama. "I think the majority opinion does signal courts are going to take a real look at justifications offered" when considering the legality and constitutionality of policies.

The five court justices said they took the president's order on its face, and separated it from his more bombastic anti-Muslim comments made on the presidential campaign trail and via Twitter.

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