Court upholds Trump travel ban, rejects claim of anti-Muslim bias


The challengers to the ban asserted that Trump's statements crossed a constitutional line, Roberts said. Protests were being planned or staged across the country. Jadwat likened the Court's decision to the ruling which upheld Japanese-American internment during World War II.

"Today's ruling by the Supreme Court is deeply troubling". It states that deciding who can and cannot enter our country does indeed fall within the realm of executive responsibility.

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

The travel ban, in its current form, prevents travel from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. To be clear, this third one banned those from Libya, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, North Korea, and Venezuela from entering the country if they didn't have family ties.

The decision comes after more than a year of court battles, beginning with a temporary injunction filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to block the deportation of travelers stranded at airports across the country immediately following the ban. "There are other high-stakes disputes in these areas [of immigration]".

"For anybody who has a non-immigrant visa who is here - even someone with a green card - I would not recommend that they leave right now", she said. "We're having problems with Muslims coming into the country". The couple, who are 75 and 74, were approved and scheduled for travel in February 2016.

All of these tweets played a central part in Sotomayor's opinion - that Trump's travel ban was not motivated by concerns about national security but rather by a racial bias. It applies even to people with close relatives in the US and other strong connections to the country.

"We have to be tough, and we have to be safe, and we have to be secure".

- The migrant ship that has been stranded in the Mediterranean since Friday will dock in Malta, after European politicians came to a decision.

Mark Doss, a lawyer with the International Refugee Assistance Project, said the decision "leaves people in total uncertainty".

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AFSC offices across the country have been active in mobilising against the Muslim Ban since the first version was introduced by the Trump administration.

It's not clear how or if the travel ban will affect the Conrad 30 J-1 visa waiver, which allows worldwide medical students to stay in the United States after residency for three years if they work in a rural or urban community where there is a physician shortage.

The worst attacks in the United States since the Al-Qaeda hijackings on September 11, 2001 have been committed either by Americans or immigrants from countries not affected by the travel ban.

But Sumaiya Ahmed Sheiah, executive director of the Michigan Muslim Community Council, said the ruling makes a mockery of freedom of religion. "You try to hold yourself together but sometimes it's too hard".

The letter says as of the end of April, 579 applicants from banned countries got waivers clearing them to get visas.

Immigration has been among the thorniest issue in American politics for decades, and the Trump administration last week rolled back its hardline border policy following an global outcry. "We will not stop fighting".

Arthur, a former immigration judge, said the order was created to improve information-sharing between the U.S. and countries that are not providing adequate information on the identity, criminal history and terrorist ties of its citizens who are trying to enter the U.S. The administration identified 47 countries with questionable information-sharing processes through its implementation of the travel ban and has been working to improve those relationships.

In one of two dissenting opinions, Justice Sonia Sotomayor - who was joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg - said the court's decision "fails to safeguard" the "principle of religious neutrality in the First Amendment".

And what we're looking for as Republicans I can tell you is strong borders, no crime.