New Delhi, June 26: Dismissing a challenge that it discriminated against Muslims or exceeded his authority, the US Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld President Donald Trump administration’s travel ban on people from Muslim-majority countries. Lower courts had deemed the ban unconstitutional, but the US top court reversed the decision in a 5-4 ruling, CNN reported. Also Read - Post COVID-19, Travel Will Resemble Scene From Sci-fi Movie And we Agree With Anand Mahindra
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, joined by his four conservative colleagues. Roberts wrote that presidents have substantial power to regulate immigration. He also rejected the challengers’ claim of anti-Muslim bias. Also Read - Coronavirus Cases Rise to 39 in India, Foreign Entries Restricted, Indians in Iran to be Brought Back Soon | Top Points
However he was careful not to endorse either Trump’s provocative statements about immigration in general and Muslims in particular. “We express no view on the soundness of the policy,” Roberts reportedly wrote. Also Read - Johnson & Johnson to Pay $572 Million Over Opioid Crisis in Oklahoma
Soon after the court’s ruling, President Trump took to Twitter and expressed his happiness posting,”“SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!”
This is the third version of the travel ban. It was issued in September after previous bans had ricocheted through the courts and restricts entry from seven countries to varying degrees: Iran, North Korea, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Venezuela. Earlier in April President Trump had lifted the travel ban on the citizens of Chad. Notably, the travel ban was one of US President Donald Trump’s first official acts since taking office.
(With agency inputs)