US Supreme Court endorses Trump travel ban

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In a 5-to-4 decision, the Supreme Court's conservative justices wrote that even considering all of President Trump's anti-Muslim statements about the travel ban, the order should be upheld.

Trump tweeted his response in all caps following the ruling, "SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN".

Speaking in the Cabinet Room during a luncheon with Republican members of Congress, Trump said that the ruling shows that attacks from the media and Democrats regarding the policy "turned out to be very wrong", adding that Republicans want "strong borders, no crime". Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who told IJR: "The Supreme Court correctly upheld the president's exercise of his constitutional authority to keep this country safe". "If they are beyond the power of the courts to remedy, we fear for what is yet to come".

The Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, writing in the court's opinion stated that the President had the authority to suspend the entry of people into the United States to protect the national interest. "We express no view on the soundness of the policy", he added.

The court said that the ban is "facially neutral toward religion", and that the Trump's statements don't change that fact.

Many activists had pointed out that the bans were specifically targeted at Muslims, citing Donald Trump's speeches during his campaigns, when he called for a complete shutdown on Muslims entering the US.

The ban prohibits most people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen from entering the US. The Supreme Court had allowed it to go largely into effect last December while the legal challenge continued.

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It has been widely criticised by human rights and refugee advocacy groups.

Lower courts had deemed the ban unconstitutional, but the USA top court reversed the decision in a 5-4 ruling.

The Trump administration argued the push for the ban was driven only by national security issues. We know that they're discriminatory.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in her minority opinion, wrote that "a reasonable observer would conclude that the Proclamation was motivated by anti-Muslim animus".

The court approving Trump's Travel Ban was a victory for the president and Stephen Miller, who constructed all three versions of the ban. Later, Chad was removed from the list.

The administration says that the countries on the ban "remain deficient at this time with respect to their identity-management and information-sharing capabilities, protocols, and practices".