Dem says ruling doesn't reflect U.S. values

Aaron Brown
July 2, 2018

Donald Trump's travel ban on passengers flying to the U.S. from five Muslim-majority countries has been upheld by the Supreme Court.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who authored the conservative majority opinion, wrote that the order was "squarely within the scope of Presidential authority" under federal law.

"The Proclamation is expressly premised on legitimate purposes: preventing entry of nationals who can not be adequately vetted and inducing other nations to improve their practices".

Even as it upheld the ban, chief justice John Robert's majority opinion included a mini-lecture on the importance of protection from religious-based discrimination in United States history.

The heart of the travel ban puts restrictions on people who want to come to the US from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen. A sixth Muslim-majority nation, Chad, also was included in the ban before the Trump administration removed it from the list. Supreme Court's decision upholding President Donald Trump's travel ban. She also compared the present case to that of Korematsu V. U.S., a Supreme Court decision in 1944 which upheld the internment of almost 120,000 Japanese Americans in barbed wire enclosures during World War II.

The case has been central to the White House immigration policy, presenting a key test of Trump's campaign promise to restrict immigration and secure US borders.

In remarks at the White House, Trump hailed "a tremendous victory for the American people and for our Constitution".

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President Trump initially called for a six-month ban on all Muslims entering the country, but his executive order was struck down in the lower courts.

Usmaan Hasan believes that even "beta testing the travel ban is racial profiling".

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

"This repackaging does little to cleanse [the policy] of the appearance of discrimination that the president's words have created", she said.

In her dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor compared the ruling to a 1944 court decision, Korematsu v.

He added: "Now that the Court has upheld it, it is up to Congress to do its job and reverse President Trump's unilateral and unwise travel ban". It means that the current ban can remain in effect and that Mr Trump could potentially add more countries.

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