Supreme Court upholding travel ban is ‘abhorrent,’ Gov. Inslee says

Donald Trump has embarked on a protectionist America First agenda since coming to power

Donald Trump has embarked on a protectionist America First agenda since coming to power

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday handed Donald Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency, upholding his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries and rejecting the argument that it represented unconstitutional religious discrimination. The majority opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, rejected arguments by the plaintiffs that the goal of the President's Proclamation was not to further national security, but to promote a discriminatory policy of religious animus directed at Muslims.

Roberts writes that the order is "expressly premised on legitimate purposes: preventing entry of nationals who can not be adequately vetted and inducing other nations to improve their practices".

Even as it upheld the ban, chief justice John Robert's majority opinion included a mini-lecture on the importance of protection from religious-based discrimination in United States history. The latest is the third iteration and places restrictions on travelers coming to the U.S. from Syria, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, North Korea, and Venezuela. Chad was recently removed from the list after the administration said that country had beefed up its information-sharing. Activists chose the location to say Tuesday's Supreme Court decision was also a mistake.

Meanwhile, Trump celebrated the ruling, tweeting, "SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN". The initial order, signed one week after he took office in January a year ago, led to days of nationwide protests and chaos at airports across the country.

Lydia Camarillo, vice president of SVREP, said the court upholding the ban is unjust.

President Trump, for once, was lost for words at the Conservative-driven victory.

Still, five of the court's justices expressed dismay at Trump's statements, including his campaign call for a "complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States". The ban also halts immigrants and refugees from North Korea and Venezuela.

This is the third version of the travel ban.

Pundits think it could embolden the president to make further restrictions on travelers from Muslim-majority countries as part of his hardline stance on immigration and national security.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor stated in the dissent: "The majority here completely sets aside the president's charged statements about Muslims as irrelevant".

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