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US supreme court upholds Trump's travel ban

Tuesday - 26/06/2018 11:15
Blow to anti-discrimination advocates as justices rule 5-4 in favor of Trump administration after months of legal battle
A protest against Trump’s travel ban in New York last year. Trump has issued three executive orders curbing travel from certain Muslim-majority countries. Photograph: Alba Vigaray/EPA
A protest against Trump’s travel ban in New York last year. Trump has issued three executive orders curbing travel from certain Muslim-majority countries. Photograph: Alba Vigaray/EPA

The US supreme court has upheld Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries, in a significant victory for the administration and a blow to anti-discrimination advocates.

In a 5-4 ruling handed down on Tuesday, the court accepted the government’s argument that the ban was within the president’s power to craft national security policy and his authority to “suspend entry of aliens into the United States”.

Minutes after the ruling was issued, Trump tweeted: “SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!”

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