Supreme Court UPHOLDS Trump’s travel ban on majority-Muslim countries – 247 news


The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a landmark victory for the Trump administration on Tuesday, ruling that the White House had the authority to limit travel into the United States from a short list of Muslim-majority countries The president’s authority to determine who may come into the country is ‘squarely within the scope of Presidential authority under the INA,’ Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in a 5-4 majority opinion, referring to the Immigration and Naturalization Act Roberts wrote that Trump’s proclamation, issued shortly after his inauguration, was based on a legitimate purpose The opinion did not refer to the religion-based controversy that erupted afterward Justices noted that the Trump travel ban did not apply to Iraq, ‘one of the largest predominately Muslim countries in the region ‘The president acted after a ‘worldwide review process’ by many Cabinet agencies,’ Roberts wrote The Court determined that the administration ‘set forth a sufficient national security justification’ to survive a review of whether there was a ‘rational basis’ for Trump’s travel ban But the five-justice majority cautioned: ‘We express no view on the soundness of the policy We simply hold today that plaintiffs have not demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits of their constitutional claim ‘Opponents of the travel ban argued that it bore parallels to the World War II-era forcible relocation of Japanese-Americans to concentration camps on the basis of their race That practice was ‘objectively unlawful and outside the scope of Presidential authority,’ the justices wrote, but Trump’s policy was ‘neutral’ on its face – a decision ‘denying certain foreign nationals the privilege of admission ‘The travel ban, they added, was ‘well within executive authority and could have been taken by any other President ‘The American Civil Liberties Union issued a scathing statement condemning what it called Trump’s ‘Muslim ban ”This is not the first time the Court has been wrong, or has allowed official racism and xenophobia to continue rather than standing up to it,’ the group said ‘History has its eyes on us – and will judge today’s decision harshly.’   Share this article Share 282 shares

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