Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban

Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday approved President Donald Trump's travel ban that targets several Muslim-majority countries.

He nominated conservative judge Neil Gorsuch in 2017.

Trump praised Kennedy as a man of "tremendous vision" and said his search for a new justice would begin "immediately". "Each of the people on the President's list of potential Supreme Court nominees is highly qualified, with a record of fairly applying the law and adhering to the Constitution as it was originally written and ratified", he said.

Although appointed by a Republican president, Kennedy is considered a "swing voter", who often bridges the ideological divide between right and left. Whoever replaces him will have a massive sway in the direction of the nation's highest court, possibly for decades to come.

The Supreme Court allowed it to go largely into effect in December while the legal challenge continued. "Wow!" a jubilant Trump tweeted after the ruling.

They are Brett Kavanaugh, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington; Thomas Hardiman of the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Raymond Kethledge of the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Amul Thapar, who Trump named to the 6th Circuit; and Amy Coney Barrett, who Trump named to the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. They said the orders were illegal because they targeted Muslims. Trump has said the policy is needed to protect the country against attacks by Islamic militants. "We have to be tough and we have to be safe, we have to be secure", he added, noting "at a minimum we have to make sure we vet people coming into our country".

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The decision was a massive win for the White House, which had assured supporters all along that its moves were legal - even as lower courts ruled against the president in case after case.

Illustrating the high stakes, top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer called it "the most important Supreme Court vacancy for this country in at least a generation".

The ban prohibits most people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States.

"I have no doubt we'll get it done", Mr. Trump added of Congress' action. Perhaps the Trump travel ban case is the straw that broke the camel's back.

It also affects two non-Muslim countries, blocking travelers from North Korea and some Venezuelan government officials and their families.

In dissent, liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor said there were "stark parallels" with the court's now discredited 1944 decision that upheld USA internment of Japanese-Americans during World War Two. He has cast multiple votes both protecting legal abortion and affirming the homosexual agenda, though he has also signaled openness to some abortion restrictions.

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