Somalia: U.S. Court Upholds Travel Ban for Somalia

Jul 02, 2018, 03:02
Somalia: U.S. Court Upholds Travel Ban for Somalia

Donald Trump's travel ban on passengers flying to the USA from five Muslim-majority countries has been upheld by the Supreme Court.

Writing for the conservative majority that included Gorsuch, Chief Justice John Roberts downplayed Trump's repeated calls for a Muslim ban and said, "we must consider not only the statements of a particular President, but also the authority of the Presidency itself".

Roberts emphasized that the text of the challenged presidential Proclamation is neutral with respect to religion, and "has a legitimate grounding in national security concerns, quite apart from any religious hostility".

Under the so-called "travel ban", issued in September after two earlier orders were blocked by courts, citizens of five Muslim countries Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen as well as North Koreans and some individuals linked to the Venezuelan government - are barred from traveling to the United States.

Trump's order bans travel to the US from the nations of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela. It originally included travelers from Chad, but those restrictions were lifted in April after the USA determined that Chadian officials had "sufficiently improved" the country's performance on passport and border controls.

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Marie Harf said President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban affecting several Muslim-majority countries may be legal, but it's not good policy.

Trump said the ruling follows 'months of hysterical commentary from the media and Democratic politicians who refuse to do what it takes to secure our border and our country'.

Supreme Court reaches decision on the Trump administration's travel ban. Justice Roberts actually sidestepped the question about whether this was largely motivated by anti-Muslim animus as telegraphed by the president during his campaign when he called for an outright ban on Muslim.

The travel ban has been fully in place since the court declined to block it in December.

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This is the third version of the travel ban.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor read a dissent aloud in court, which stated that the court failed to uphold the religious liberty guaranteed by the first amendment. Trump said in a White House statement. Washington state successfully defeated the Trump Administration's original travel ban.

"We just have to know who's coming here", he said.

The Court ruled that the law violated the free speech rights of Christian facilities. Harf asked on "America's Newsroom", pointing out that more Americans have been killed by terrorist attacks perpetrated by Saudis than other countries on the list.

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