US Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban - Current Gist

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

US Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban


The United States Supreme Court has upheld President Donald Trump's controversial order blocking entry by people from several Muslim-majority countries, rejecting a challenge that it discriminated against Muslims or exceeded his authority.
The 5-4 decision on Tuesday is the court's first substantive ruling on a Trump administration policy.
The court held that the challengers had failed to show that the ban violates either US immigration law or the Constitution's First Amendment prohibition on the government favouring one religion over another.
Lower courts had previously blocked the travel ban, the third version of a policy Trump first pursued a week after taking office in January 2017. But on December 4, the high court allowed it to go fully into effect while the legal challenge continued.
The challengers, led by the state of Hawaii, argued the policy was motivated by Trump's enmity towards Muslims
The White House maintains the ban targets individuals from countries that have failed to provide enough information to allow for proper vetting of prospective travellers. Trump also says it is needed on matters of national security.
The current ban, announced in September, prohibits entry into the US by most people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.
It has been widely criticised by human rights and refugee advocacy groups.

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