BREAKING: HUGE WIN - Supreme Court Upholds Trump's Travel Ban

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Posted: Jun 26, 2018 10:25 AM
BREAKING: HUGE WIN - Supreme Court Upholds Trump's Travel Ban

In a 5-4 decision Tuesday morning, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump's travel ban - which he issued through an executive order last year. The ban bars individuals from Venezuela, Libya, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Somalia and North Korea from traveling to the United States.

The ruling overturns a 9th circuit court ruling against the ban and verifies the President of the United States has the authority to limit entry into the country.

"Under  these  circumstances, the  Government  has set forth  a  sufficient  national security justification to survive rational basis review. We express no view on the soundness of the policy. We simply hold today that plaintiffs have not demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits of their constitutional claim," the opinion states. "Because plaintiffs have not shown that they are likely to succeed on the merits of their claims, we reverse the grant of the preliminary injunction  as an abuse of discretion."  

The President can "'suspend the entry of all aliens or any  class  of  aliens'  whenever  he  'finds'  that  their  entry  'would  be detrimental to the interests of the United States.'"

The opinion also acknowledges the executive or legislative branches, not the court, has authority on this matter. 

"For more than a century, this Court has recognized that the admission and exclusion of foreign nationals is a 'fundamental  sovereign  attribute  exercised  by  the  Government’s political departments largely immune from judicial control,'" the ruling states, citing court precedent. "Because  decisions  in  these  matters  may  implicate  'relations  with foreign powers,' or involve 'classifications defined in the light of changing political and economic circumstances,' such  judgments  'are  frequently  of  a  character  more  appropriate  to  either  the  Legislature  or  the  Executive.'"  

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion and was joined by Justices Roberts, Gorsuch, Kennedy and Alito. Justices Sotomayor, Kagan, Breyer and Ginsburg dissented.

The justices did consider President Trump's statements on the campaign trail about a "Muslim ban" when making their decision. However, the majority found his power through the executive branch outweighs any statements of intent. Liberal justices disagreed.

With the ruling, the travel ban will go into full effect Tuesday afternoon.

This post has been updated with additional information. This is a developing story, stay tuned for updates.