US Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban

Anca Alexe 27/06/2018 | 08:08

The United States Supreme Court ruled in favour of President Donald Trump’s order to restrict travel from several majority Muslim countries to the US, in a 5-4 ruling on partisan lines, CNBC reports.

The opinion written by Chief Justice John Robert says that the travel restriction fell “squarely” within the president’s authority and rejected claims that the ban was motivated by religious hostility.

Roberts writes that the order is “expressly premised on legitimate purposes: preventing entry of nationals who cannot be adequately vetted and inducing other nations to improve their practices. The text says nothing about religion.”

Trump, who issued the ban in September, hailed the ruling in the case through a tweet.

The travel restriction, the administration’s third attempt, restricts entry from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. Chad was dropped from the list of affected countries in April. Previous versions of the ban were revised after being challenged in court.

After his tweet, the president said in a statement that the ruling was a “profound vindication” after “months of hysterical commentary from the media and Democratic politicians who refuse to do what it takes to secure our border and our country.”




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