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The U.S. High Court Backs Trump's Travel Ban on Muslim-Majority Countries

Team SoOLEGAL 27 Jun 2018 3:00pm

The U.S. High Court Backs Trump's Travel Ban on Muslim-Majority Countries

The US's highest court on Tuesday backed the Trump White House's travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries.

The court’s decision came after lower courts had blocked each of the three versions of the president's travel ban policy from being enforced – in legal challenges filed by the State of Hawaii and others.

The challengers have alleged that the travel ban policy was motivated by Mr. Trump’s enmity toward Muslims and asked courts to consider his inflammatory comments during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The US Supreme Court, by a 5-4 majority, ruled out that the US President has the authority to ban entry of people from certain countries if he thinks it is necessary for country’s protection, rejecting the claim that the policy discriminated against Muslims.

The ban applies to five major Muslim countries, including Syria, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Yemen. Additionally, the ban also limits entry to people from North Korea and Venezuela.

Chief Justice John Roberts penned the court's majority opinion.

“The sole prerequisite set forth in [federal law] is that the President finds that the entry of the covered aliens would be detrimental to the interests of the United States. The President has undoubtedly fulfilled that requirement here,” Roberts wrote.

Soon after SC’s ruling (i.e. the court's first substantive ruling on a Trump administration policy), The US President tweeted, "SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!"

 

Tagged: US Supreme Court   Trump Travel Ban Policy   US President Donald Trump   Syria   Libya   Iran   Somalia   Yemen  
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