US Supreme Court Approves Trump's Travel Ban

Donald Trump has embarked on a protectionist America First agenda since coming to power

Donald Trump has embarked on a protectionist America First agenda since coming to power

During the White House meeting, Mr. Trump said the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the administration's travel ban was a "great victory for our country" after Justices ruled 5-4 in the White House's favor. The majority opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, rejected arguments by the plaintiffs that the objective of the President's Proclamation was not to further national security, but to promote a discriminatory policy of religious animus directed at Muslims.

"The Proclamation is expressly premised on legitimate purposes: preventing entry of nationals who can not be adequately vetted and inducing other nations to improve their practices".

Last September, Trump's government banned most citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen from traveling to the United States.

A sixth majority-Muslim country, Chad, was removed from the list in April after improving "its identity-management and information sharing practices", Trump said in a statement.

North Dakota's congressional members had varying reactions to the Supreme Court's ruling on Tuesday to uphold President Trump's travel ban.

Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations' Michigan chapter, calls the travel ban cruel for keeping families apart - much like Trump's recently rescinded policy of separating immigrant parents and children at the U.S. -Mexico border.

Leaders with the Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) say they're upset about Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling in Trump v. Hawaii.

Justice Stephen Breyer noted in his dissenting opinion that the state department reported that only two waivers were approved out of 6,555 applicants during the first month of the travel ban.

ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt told The Associated Press it's a situation "in which there is a complete disconnect between the court's decision and what the American people know as a matter of common sense".

The president said that he would also be asking Congress to increase funding for his long-promised wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

"Taking all the evidence together, a reasonable observer would conclude that the proclamation was driven primarily by anti-Muslim animus", she added.

The lower federal courts had ruled that all three versions either violate federal law or are unconstitutional, excluding restrictions on travelers from the DPRK and government officials from Venezuela.

Mubarak with CAIR told Spectrum News many Muslims feel hopeless about the ban and are anxious more countries could be added.

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