MI Muslims Rally Against Supreme Court Travel Ban Decision

Monday, 02 Jul, 2018

President Donald Trump today celebrated the US Supreme Court's decision to uphold his travel ban on some Muslim-majority countries as a "tremendous victory" for the American people and a great victory for the Constitution. The state of Hawaii, which brought the case, claimed the ban unlawfully discriminates against Muslims, but the court found Trump was well within his rights granted by the Immigration and Nationality Act, which gives the president broad powers to suspend entry from countries deemed a threat. Chad was recently removed from the list after the administration said that country had beefed up its information sharing. By a 5-4 majority, the court upheld a modified version of the president's travel ban, which stops most travel from several countries.

The Supreme Court has made its decision and the ban will stand.

Banning travel to the U.S. from countries which were deemed as posing terrorist threat under the Obama administration was one of key promises of the Trump campaign.

President Donald Trump's supporters say the Supreme Court's Decision validated those concerns and may have triggered a different conversation.

However, the challengers argued the court could not ignore everything that has happened, starting with Mr Trump's campaign tweets to prevent any Muslims entering the US.

The decision comes after more than a year of court battles, beginning with a temporary injunction filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to block the deportation of travelers stranded at airports across the country immediately following the ban. In addition, the ban also covered North Korea and Venezuela.

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

"This repackaging does little to cleanse [the policy] of the appearance of discrimination that the president's words have created", she said.

Writing for the court, Chief Justice John Roberts said that Trump's administration "has set forth a sufficient national security justification" to prevail.

Trump first introduced the executive order the month he became president, in January 2017, with plans to put it into effect nearly immediately, setting off a series of protests in airports across the country.

The lower courts had ruled that all three versions either violate federal law or are unconstitutional. Both these judges said Trump's anti-Muslim comments were proof that the ban was biased against Muslims and immigrants.