President Donald Trump on Tuesday reacted to news that the Supreme Court voted to uphold a third, diluted version of his travel ban, calling the ruling the "final word", despite his initial irritation with the more muted measure.
The State of Hawaii and other opponents argued that the travel ban exceeded the President's authority under the Constitution and the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
The latest version of the ban saw the inclusion of Venezuela and North Korea, a move activists alleged, was meant to cover up the bias of the ban against Muslims.
The Supreme Court has made its decision and the ban will stand. "It was certainly targeted at Muslim countries".
The 5-4 ruling, with the court's five conservatives in the majority, ends a fierce fight in the courts over whether the policy represented an unlawful Muslim ban.
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Writing in dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said, "a reasonable observer would conclude that the Proclamation was motivated by anti-Muslim animus". She added that the five justices who approved the ban also turned "a blind eye to the pain and suffering the proclamation inflicts upon countless families and individuals, many of whom are US citizens". Shortly after the first ban was signed, a mosque in Texas was set on fire, and hate crimes against Muslims have continued to increased since Trump took office.
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The ban allows for waivers on a case-by-case basis, but applicants who can not afford an attorney to go through the waiver process will likely be unable to immigrate to the U.S., immigration advocates say. "This is a great victory for our Constitution...."
The four liberal justices offered a strong rebuttal, recalling Trump's call for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" and saying that objective "masquerades behind a facade of national-security concerns". CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.
In the image tweeted by his campaign account, McConnell, who blocked Supreme Court hearings for President Obama's nominee Merrick Garland after the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia, is moving in to shake hands with Justice Neil Gorsuch.