WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of President Donald Trump over his embattled travel ban.
In a 5-4 ruling, the high court ruled the president had the complete authority to restrict travel entry into the U.S. from certain countries deemed hotbeds for terror.
Opponents of the ban had argued that the revised ban, the third written by the president on the matter, unfairly targeted primarily Muslim populated countries. The
In his written opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts, who authored the majority ruling, wrote that the order was “squarely within the scope of presidential authority” under federal law.
“The sole prerequisite set forth in [federal law] is that the president find that the entry of the covered aliens would be detrimental to the interests of the United States. The president has undoubtedly fulfilled that requirement here,” Roberts wrote.
Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, speaking on behalf of the four liberal justices who dissented, called the ban “discriminatory”.
“This repackaging does little to cleanse [the policy] of the appearance of discrimination that the president’s words have created,” Sotomayor said. “Based on the evidence in the record, a reasonable observer would conclude that the proclamation was motivated by anti-Muslim animus.”
President Trump, elated by the news, called the hardest fought battle thus far in his administration a “victory for America”.
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling is a tremendous victory for the American People and the Constitution,” the president said in a written statement. “The Supreme Court has upheld the clear authority of the President to defend the national security of the United States. In this era of worldwide terrorism and extremist movements bent on harming innocent civilians, we must properly vet those coming into our country.”
“This ruling is also a moment of profound vindication following months of hysterical commentary from the media and Democratic politicians who refuse to do what it takes to secure our border and our country,” the statement continued. “As long as I am President, I will defend the sovereignty, safety, and security of the American People, and fight for an immigration system that serves the national interests of the United States and its citizens. Our country will always be safe, secure, and protected on my watch.”