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Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Supreme Travel Ban Decision
[SCOTUSblog] "Opinion analysis: Divided court upholds Trump travel ban (Updated)
[Editor’s Note: This post, originally published at 12:11 p.m., was expanded with additional analysis at 2:05 p.m.]
The Supreme Court today handed a major victory to the Trump administration. By a vote of 5-4, the justices rejected a challenge to President Donald Trump’s September 2017 order – often referred to as the “travel ban” – restricting immigration to the United States by citizens of eight countries, most (but not all) of which are predominantly Muslim. In an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the majority relied on the national security justifications for the ruling, while Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in dissent, lamented that the court had “blindly” endorsed “a discriminatory policy motivated by animosity toward” Muslims.
The order under scrutiny at the court was the most recent of three
orders issued by the president since he took office in 2017. The first
order, issued on January 27, 2017, imposed a 90-day ban on the entry
into the United States of citizens from seven overwhelmingly Muslim
countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen – and put
a 120-day hold on the admission of refugees, although it contained an
exception for refugees who were religious minorities in their home
countries..." Supreme Court Travel Ban