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Supreme Court rules 5-4 to uphold a travel ban
The Supreme Court reached a decision on the Trump administration’s travel ban.
President Trump cheered the Supreme court decision on Tuesday for the continuation of the administration’s controversial travel ban on several, mostly Muslim countries, that according to the judgment on one of the hardest fought legal battles of his term of office.
“SUPREME COURT TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!!!” Trump tweeted minutes after the decision of the court was made available to the public.
THE SUPREME COURT HOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2018
The 5-4 decision marks the first major high court decision on a trump administration policy. The decision upholds the selective travel restrictions, argued critics as a discriminatory “Muslim ban” but the administration, which is required for safety reasons.
In dispute was to affect whether or not the third and current version of the policy of the government, visitors from five Muslim majority Nations—known as a travel ban 3.0—discrimination on the basis of nationality and religion in the allocation of immigration visas.
Chief Justice John Roberts, the author of the conservative opinion of the majority, wrote that the order “directly in the context of presidential authority” under federal law.
The decision of the court offered a narrow approval of the President of the Executive power on immigration.
While the policy was granted, the judge sent the case back to the lower courts, which said they rely on the Supreme court’s interpretation of the Executive.
The White house released an official statement by the President calling the decision a “tremendous victory.”
“Today’s Supreme court ruling is a tremendous victory for the American people and the Constitution. The Supreme court upheld the clear authority of the President to defend the national security of the United States,” Trump said in the official statement. “In this time of global terrorism and extremist movements bent, damage to innocent civilians, we need to properly vet those who are in our country.”
The President also said that the decision was a “moment of deep defense”, after months of “hysterical comments from the media and democratic politicians.”
“As long as I’m President, I will defend the sovereignty, security, and the security of the American people and fight for an immigration system that said the national interests of the United States and its citizens,” Trump. “Our country will always be safe and protected on my watch.”
The countries involved in the travel ban 3.0 involved, mostly Muslim population: Iran, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Chad was recently removed from the list after the government said the country had beefed up to share his information.
A lawyer fighting the policy, Neal Katyal, said in a statement that “the last Chapter hasn’t been written yet.”
“The President would, however, be interpreted incorrectly, today’s decision as a consent to the continuation of his unwise and un-American policy,” Katyal said in a statement to Fox News on Tuesday. “As the Supreme court repeatedly said, not everything has to what is constitutional, good policy. The travel ban is a terrible policy and makes us less safe and undermines our American ideals.”
He added: “Now, the court has confirmed, it is up to Congress to do its job and reverse the President Trump the prohibition of one-sided and unwise trip.”
Fox News’ Bill Mears and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Brooke Singman is a political Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke FoxNews.