The Supreme Court upheld the latest iteration of President Trump's travel ban in a 5-4 ruling Tuesday, delivering a big win to the administration on a key campaign promise. A furious Trump bashed the courts and his own Justice Department, but was forced to recast the ban again.
The ruling has reversed the decision of a lower court that put the travel ban on hold.
But new State Department statistics released on Tuesday show that USA consular officers issued waivers to the ban in only 2 percent of visa applications over the course of almost five months. He tweeted a quick reaction - "Wow!" - and then celebrated at greater length before TV cameras.
Their opinions-Roberts writing for the 5-4 majority Tuesday, and Sotomayor for the dissent-revealed a rift on the bench over how much the president's pre- and post-inauguration statements about the travel ban and Muslims should have factored into the decision.
"Specifically, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, the objective of the ban was to "[prevent] entry of nationals who can not be adequately vetted and [induce] other nations to improve their practices".
"We will not stand for policies that target and criminalise Muslims", said Mary Zerkel, who serves as the project's coordinator. Salem's father, who is in Malaysia, also sought to come to the US, but his visa request was denied in May, Salem said.
In a dissent she summarized aloud in court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said, "History will not look kindly on the court's misguided decision today, nor should it".
"Taking all the evidence together, a reasonable observer would conclude that the proclamation was driven primarily by anti-Muslim animus", she added.
The ruling affirmed broad presidential discretion over who is allowed to enter the United States.
When this case was argued before the court on 25 April, the majority of justices seemed to indicate they would uphold the president's ban.
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Federal judges have blocked the DACA decision, with Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis in Brooklyn citing Trump's "racially charged language" in a ruling that allowed lawsuits over DACA to proceed. It also includes limited sanctions against North Korea and Venezuela.
"As a community, we must have our voices be heard, and the only way to do that is to make sure that we are registered to vote, and that we vote", Sheiah said.
"The Muslim ban is not something that is isolated", Walid warned.
This is the third version of the travel ban, issued in September after previous bans bounced around through the courts.
The case has been central to the White House immigration policy, presenting a key test of Trump's campaign promise to restrict immigration and secure USA borders. Mr. Trump said in a statement after the ruling that it was a "tremendous victory for the American People and the Constitution". Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, and Sen. It also indefinitely banned the entry of Syrian refugees to the USA and imposed a four-month ban on refugees from elsewhere in the world.
The chief justice, joined by Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, ultimately resorted to applying rational basis review of the travel ban, considering whether the ban was "plausibly related" to its stated national security justifications.
The current ban, issued last fall, barred various travelers from eight countries, six of them with Muslim majorities. The 9th circuit court of San Francisco in February 2017 also ruled against reinstating the ban.
- The Supreme Court also ruled in a free speech case, siding with faith-based pregnancy centers. Chief Justice John Roberts penned the ruling stating that Trump's immigration restriction fell "squarely" within the president's authority.
An additional 1,147 got visas through other means such as diplomatic or pre-existing refugee status.
Roberts noted that, "The text says nothing about religion". But he added that presidents and the country have not always lived up "to those inspiring words".
Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said his client had used the phrase "Muslim ban" and had directed Giuliani to "show me the right way to do it legally".