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June 26, 2018 – US Supreme Court Upholds Trump Travel Ban and Overturns 1944 Justification of Detention Camps

“President Trump acted lawfully in imposing limits on travel from several predominantly Muslim nations, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.

The vote was 5 to 4, with the court’s conservatives in the majority.

Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said that Mr. Trump had ample statutory authority to make national security judgments in the realm of immigration… He concluded that the proclamation [travel ban], viewed in isolation, was neutral and justified by national security concerns…

Even as it upheld the travel ban, the majority took a momentous step. It overruled Korematsu v. United States, the 1944 decision that endorsed the detention of Japanese-Americans during World War II…

Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Neil M. Gorsuch joined the majority opinion.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor delivered a searing dissent from the bench in which she accused the court’s majority of upholding an ‘openly discriminatory policy motivated by animus’ to a religious minority… Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined Justice Sotomayor’s dissent.

In a second, milder dissent, Justice Stephen G. Breyer, joined by Justice Elena Kagan, questioned whether the administration could be trusted to enforce what he called ‘the proclamation’s elaborate system of exemptions and waivers.'”