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Supreme Court Upholds Donald Trump’s Travel Ban 3.0, Says POTUS ‘Possesses An Extraordinary Power’

Supreme Court Upholds Donald Trump’s Travel Ban 3.0, Says POTUS ‘Possesses An Extraordinary Power’

The US Supreme Court yesterday handed Mr Donald Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency, upholding his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries.

The Roberts Court is historically unusual in that none of the justices ever held elected office; the experience gap contributes to an impression that they are naive about the way their decisions affect and distort the political system.

John Wider holds up a sign becoming Muslims in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport on June 29, 2017, in reaction to a revised version of President Trump's travel ban. "So we're going to have to change our whole immigration policy".

Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch joined Roberts in the majority, with liberal Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissenting. Six cases remain to be decided.

But she warned that by upholding the president's travel ban, Roberts and others in the majority are making the same mistake Black and his colleagues did three-quarters of a century ago. The federal district court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals both rejected the plaintiffs' arguments and refused to grant the preliminary injunction.

"The ruling will go down in history as one of the Supreme Court's great failures", said Omar Jadwat, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged the ban.

The ban blocks citizens of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen, and some Venezuelan government officials and their family members, from obtaining a broad range of US immigrant and non-immigrant visas. It also adds a ban on travelers from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and government officials from Venezuela. "Our country will always be safe, secure, and protected on my watch", Trump said.

The administration had pointed to the Chad decision to show that the restrictions were premised only on national security concerns.

The challengers, though, argued that the court could just ignore all that has happened, beginning with Mr Trump's campaign tweets to prevent the entry of Muslims into the United States.

But the majority found the ban could be upheld, and that plaintiffs were unlikely to succeed on an establishment clause claim, despite acknowledging and cataloguing some of the president's past anti-Muslim rhetoric.

Donald Trump issued the third version of his Muslim travel ban last September. Because the resulting media coverage of the massive protests would telegraph to Trump's voters that he was keeping his campaign-trail promise to restrict Muslims from entering the U.S.

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The Minnesota Democrat says, "This decision will someday serve as a marker of shame".

In one instance, she pointed out the president's November 2017 re-tweets of three anti-Muslim propaganda videos. This is exactly the logic that allowed 120,000 Japanese Americans to be incarcerated during World War II.

- The Supreme Court also ruled in a free speech case, siding with faith-based pregnancy centers.

Iraq was covered by earlier versions of the travel ban, but the administration removed it citing its close cooperation in fighting ISIS.

"This is part of the Never Trump resistance to mischaracterise this as being a Muslim ban, this is not a Muslim ban", he said.

More: Delawareans: Does Trump travel ban protect or divide us?

Trump's initial response to the court ruling: "Wow!"

But the Supreme Court came to a different conclusion Tuesday.

The third-ranking House Republican, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, calls it a "huge victory" for Trump's plan to strengthen national security "by keeping terrorists out of America". Through April, the administration has granted waivers to less than 2 percent of visa applicants - 579 out of 33,176 - since the ban took effect.

An additional 1,147 got visas through other means such as diplomatic or pre-existing refugee status. Roberts said that law grants "ample power" to the president on "decisions whether and when to suspend entry, whose entry to suspend, for how long, and on what conditions". Even so, the challengers say their lawsuits against the Trump administration forced the White House to narrow the travel ban.

"But the issue before us is not whether to denounce the statements".

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