The Supreme Court just handed President Trump another massive win. They just ruled that Trump’s Muslim travel ban is constitutional.
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in favor of President Donald Trump in Trump v. Hawaii, the controversial case regarding concerning Trump’s September order to restrict travel to the U.S. for citizens of several majority Muslim countries.
The case has been central to the Trump administration’s immigration policy, presenting a key test of the president’s campaign promise to restrict immigration and secure America’s borders.
The immigration restriction is the Trump administration’s third, and affects people from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. Chad was dropped from the list of affected countries in April.
Previous iterations of the ban were revised after facing challenges in court.
Hawaii alleged that the immigration restriction was motivated by religious discrimination, noting that a majority of the countries included in the ban have primarily Muslim populations. During oral argument in April, Neil Katyal, attorney for the challengers in the case, cited Trump’s post-election tweets about the case, and argued that the travel restriction amounted to a “Muslim ban.”
The government argued that “it would be the most ineffective Muslim ban that one could possibly imagine.”
“Not only does it exclude the vast majority of the Muslim world, it also omits three Muslim-majority countries that were covered by past orders, including Iraq, Chad, and Sudan,” Noel Francisco, the solicitor general, told the court.