Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban

Protesters gather outside the Supreme Court to protest the judge's ruling to uphold President Trump's travel ban in Washington

The Supreme Court's ruling Tuesday upholding President Trump's travel ban against predominantly Muslim countries could lead to more bans targeting more people from far more countries, legal experts say.

Democratic Sen. Cory Booker says he is disappointed at the Supreme Court's ruling upholding President Donald Trump's travel ban, but says the ban itself is less than what the president initially wanted to do - which Booker said had amounted to a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.

NPR's Nina Totenberg has full coverage of the court's decision in the travel ban case here.

Still, Frenzen and other experts cautioned that the standard the Supreme Court adopted for evaluating Trump's travel ban was highly deferential to the president.

Writing for the majority in the decision on the third version, Chief Justice John Roberts cited a law passed by Congress that allows a president to suspend entry to foreigners, or entire classes of foreigners, if he deems their entry "detrimental to the interests of the United States". "So we're very pleased with that outcome today and hope this goes some way to ending the practice of these broad nationwide injunctions which in my view gravely threaten the rule of law", Sessions said.

There's nothing in the Supreme Court ruling that would prevent the administration from adding a country to the list if it fell below the standards for cooperating with the U.S.in providing information about potential travelers.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY says Trump's travel ban "doesn't make us safer, and the Supreme Court's ruling doesn't make it right".

The current ban, announced in September, prohibits entry into the United States of most people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. "I think he may feel emboldened to continue to restrict immigration in a variety of ways because he believes that even if challenged in court, he may well win".

The third-ranking House Republican, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, calls it a "huge victory" for Trump's plan to strengthen national security "by keeping terrorists out of America".

In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that the president has the Constitutional authority under USA immigration laws to limit travel from foreign countries on over national security concerns, as the Trump administration has repeatedly argued.

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In a strident dissent that she read from in court, liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor said there were "stark parallels" with the court's now discredited 1944 decision that upheld USA internment of Japanese-Americans during World War Two. Sotomayor also described various statements Trump made on the campaign trail.

The travel ban survives as long as it can "reasonably be understood to result from a justification independent of unconstitutional grounds", Roberts wrote, noting that the court hardly ever strikes down a policy under that test. Roberts said it was "wholly inapt to liken that morally repugnant order to a facial neutral policy denying certain foreign nationals the privilege of admission".

People arrive at John F. Kennedy (JFK) worldwide airport following an announcment by the Supreme Court that it will take President Donald Trump's travel ban case later in the year on June 26, 2017 in New York City.

Within a week of taking office, the first travel ban was abruptly announced and implemented with little care, sparking chaos at airports and protests across the nation.

It already has. Since the original restriction was announced last September, the government removed Chad from the list, concluding that its system for evaluating visa applicants had improved enough to meet USA standards.

The ban prohibits most people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen from entering the US.

But the restrictions on North Korea and Venezuela were not part of the legal challenge.

Rights groups immediately criticised the ruling.

"Today's Supreme Court ruling is a tremendous victory for the American People and the Constitution". On immigration and national security matters, the court has historically deferred to the executive branch of government.

The current travel ban dates from last September and it followed what the administration has called a thorough review by several federal agencies, although no such review has been shared with courts or the public.

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