The Supreme Court has ruled to uphold the President’s travel ban that blocks migrants coming from predominantly Muslim countries. This reverses previous rulings from lower courts which had declared the ban unconstitutional. During his campaign Trump had vowed to impose a Muslim ban and the lower had used this claim as evidence for the ban being religiously discriminatory and thus unconstitutional. However the Supreme Court said these statements were not valid evidence. Chief Justice John Roberts, “The [order] is expressly premised on legitimate purposes: preventing entry of nationals who cannot be adequately vetted and inducing other nations to improve their practices,” Roberts wrote. “The text says nothing about religion.” The ruling itself is not that unexpected as the case boiled down to questions of Presidential power. The Supreme Court has historically deferred to the President on issues regarding immigration. Additionally the President has the power over issues concerning national sovereignty and foreign relations therefore the ban is within his powers. The travel ban will restrict travel from North Korea, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Iran, Somalia, and Venezuela.
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