WASHINGTON D.C. – The Supreme Court upholds president Trump’s ban on travel from multiple mainly Muslim countries by a 5-4 vote, handing the trump administration its first substantial judicial victory.
The highest court rejected a challenge that the ban discriminates against Muslims or exceeded the president’s authority. The vote was straight down to ideological lines. Five conservative-leaning justices versus the fur liberal-leaning ones.
Chef Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion for the 5-4 decision, says that presidents have the power to regulate immigration.
The policy was the third attempt of Trump administration and applies to seven countries: five with predominantly Muslim populations and two non-Muslim countries. The argument topic was not the national security of the ban but the intolerance towards Muslims, and the point was banning Muslim from the United States in the months leading up to the 2016 election.
The ban applies to travelers from five countries where a majority of the populations are Muslim and include Libya, Iran, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor said in the dissent Trump’s statements were incredibly relevant to the policy:
The majority here completely sets aside the President’s charged statements about Muslims as irrelevant. hat holding erodes the foundational principles of religious tolerance that the court elsewhere has so emphatically protected, and it tells members of minority religions in our country ‘that they are outsiders, not full members of the political community.'”
She compared the decision to the infamous one in 1944 that sided with the implementation of Japanese-American internment camps and pointed out many affected by the decision Monday are U.S. citizens.
“Ignoring the facts, misconstruing our legal precedent, and turning a blind eye to the pain and suffering the Proclamation inflicts upon countless families and individuals, many of whom are United States citizens.”