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US Supreme Court Upholds Trump’s Travel Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the Trump administration's travel restrictions on citizens from five Muslim countries, handing President Donald Trump a victory in enforcing one of his most controversial policies.

In a 5-4 split decision, the high court justices ruled that the president has the constitutional authority under U.S. immigration laws to limit travel from foreign countries over national security concerns, as the administration has argued.

Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the majority opinion, writing that Trump's September 2017 executive order restricting travel is squarely within the scope of presidential authority under U.S. immigration laws.

The president has undoubtedly fulfilled the requirement under the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act that the entry of the targeted foreign travelers would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, Roberts wrote.

The chief justice also dismissed arguments of the challengers � the state of Hawaii, the Hawaii Muslim Association and three residents � that the travel restrictions violated the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment, which bars favoring one religion over another.

Source: Voice of America


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