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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Newsflash—The U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban


On Wednesday, June 26, The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the third version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting nationals of six predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. In a 5-4 ruling, the court’s opinion stated the president had “sufficient national security justification” and did not overstep his statutory immigration powers.
 
However, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg published a dissent denouncing the administration’s anti-Muslim rhetoric:
 
“The United States of America is a Nation built upon the promise of religious liberty,” they wrote. “Our Founders honored that core promise by embedding the principle of religious neutrality in the First Amendment. The Court’s decision today fails to safeguard that fundamental principle. It leaves undisturbed a policy first advertised openly and unequivocally as a ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States’ because the policy now masquerades behind a façade of national-security concerns.”

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