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JUST IN: SCOTUS Upholds Trump’s Travel Ban

President Trump has been embroiled in a heated debate over his hotly contested travel ban bit it appears that the Trump administration has received a bit of good news. The Supreme Court has upheld Trump’s immigration travel ban against predominantly Muslim countries Tuesday as a legitimate exercise of executive branch authority.

Here is more from USA Today:

The 5-4 ruling reverses a series of lower court decisions that had struck down the ban as Illegal or unconstitutional. It hands a major victory to Trump, who initiated the battle to ban travelers a week after assuming office last year. It was a defeat for Hawaii and other states that had challenged the action, as well as immigration rights groups.

The president had vowed to ban Muslims during the 2016 presidential campaign and continued his attacks on Twitter after his election. But the high court said those statements did not constitute evidence of religious discrimination.

Chief Justice John Roberts issued the opinion, supported by the court’s other four conservatives. He said entry restrictions were limited to countries previously designated by Congress or prior administrations as posing national security risks. And he noted that it followed a worldwide review process by several government agencies.

“The proclamation is squarely within the scope of presidential authority,” the chief justice said. He added that claims of religious bias against Muslims did not hold up against “a sufficient national security justification.” However, he said, “We express no view on the soundness of the policy.”

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