On Tuesday, 26 June, the US Supreme Court made a landmark ruling which will see President Donald Trump’s travel ban upheld, reversing previous rulings by lower courts that deemed the move unconstitutional.
First signed in January 2017 under Trump’s administration, the executive order titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States – also widely referred to as the Trump ban or the Muslim ban – restricts travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.
Rebuking any connection to religion, Chief Justice Roberts wrote: “The Proclamation is expressly premised on legitimate purposes: preventing entry of nationals who cannot be adequately vetted and inducing other nations to improve their practices.”
The High Court deemed the travel ban which falls under the US immigration law “squarely within the scope of presidential authority,” reports news publication Al Jazeera.
Trump took to social media following the ruling, tweeting: “Supreme court upholds Trump travel ban. Wow!”
In a meeting on the day, Trump also said: “The ruling shows that all the attacks from the media and the Democrat politicians were wrong, and they turned out to be very wrong.”
The decision by the courts has received wide criticism from advocacy and human rights groups, with protests erupting outside the court following the ruling.