The U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s travel ban on five Muslim-majority countries in an effort to combat terrorism.
The decision was upheld in a 5-4 ruling.
Chief Justice John Roberts said Trump’s order was “squarely within the scope of Presidential authority” in accordance with federal law, according to Fox News.
“After a series of federal court rulings invalidated or scaled back earlier versions of the travel ban, the decision is a big win for the administration and ended 15 months of legal battles over a key part of the president's immigration policy, which opponents attacked as a dressed up form of the Muslim ban that Trump promised during his 2016 campaign,” NBC News reported.
It quickly became clear that President Trump’s travel ban wasn’t just about religion as his critics continue to claim. The nation of Chad was initially included in the travel ban, but it was removed after the country the White House said it met new visa security requirements.
The decision is a big one for Trump as it could have wide-reaching implications when it comes to the president’s authority to act unilaterally on immigration. Trump is currently making a big push to enact comprehensive immigration reform.
“Hiring many thousands of judges, and going through a long and complicated legal process, is not the way to go - will always be [dysfunctional]. People must simply be stopped at the Border and told they cannot come into the U.S. illegally. Children brought back to their country,” Trump tweeted. “If this is done, illegal immigration will be stopped in its tracks - and at very little, by comparison, cost. This is the only real answer - and we must continue to BUILD THE WALL!”
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