The Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s travel ban on several countries on Tuesday, rejecting the opposition view that the policy discriminates against Muslims or that Trump overstepped his authority.
Trump expressed his reaction to the 5-4 ruling by tweeting, SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!”
SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2018
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the Court’s decision that the ability to regulate immigration is well within a president’s powers, though he added, “We express no view on the soundness of the policy.”
The Court’s ruling was to determine the constitutionality of Trump’s most recent version of the travel ban, enacted by presidential proclamation last September. The proclamation limits granting visas to travelers from Iran, Somalia, Yemen, Libya,and Syria.
The countries listed were previously identified by the Obama administration of being a threat to national security. Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a dissent that stated, “A reasonable observer would conclude that the Proclamation was motivated by anti-Muslim animus.”
For much of the last year, the media has mostly agreed with Sotomayor’s position, but little has been mentioned about the fact that the policy still allows most of the world’s Muslims to travel to the US, including Muslims from Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.
The travel restrictions were originally challenged by the state of Hawaii, several of its resident, and a Muslim-American non-profit organization. A federal judge blocked enforcement of the travel ban, but that block was lifted by the Supreme Court in December.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) expressed their displeasure in the ruling, stating it’s “not the first time the Court has been wrong.”
BREAKING: SCOTUS has upheld 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.
History has its eyes on us — and will judge today’s decision harshly. #NoMuslimBanEver
— ACLU (@ACLU) June 26, 2018