Media frowning in disapproval as high court upholds Trump travel ban


Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling upholding President Donald Trump's immigration travel ban against predominantly Muslim countries has sparked a flurry of passionate responses from both sides of the debate.

Th ruling was also a stunning endorsement of presidential authority to act without consulting congress, with RInerts writing that the US president "possesses an extraordinary power to speak to his fellow citizens and on their behalf", CNN reported.

Two previous attempts by the Trump administration to restrict immigration from majority-Muslim countries have been struck down by federal courts.

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The Supreme Court allowed it to go largely into effect in December while the legal challenge continued. Here's what the latest travel ban means to citizens of those countries - and some American citizens, too.

"For my family, personally, and my uncle who was first person to come to the United States, who came here seeking political asylum, it's a real disappointment to put it mildly that a country that had welcomed him previously with open arms is now closing the door to Muslim families", said Leila Amirhamzeh, 41, of New Jersey, which is home to one of the country's largest Muslim populations.

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Mr Jadwat likened the Court's decision to the ruling which upheld Japanese-American internment during World War Two.

The president, who had publicly attacked the courts and "so-called judges" while the case was going through the judicial system, and scolded his own lawyers for making the changes that allowed the ban to pass constitutional muster, wasted no time after the ruling to expand on his wish to end due process along the border. He said the United States needs to reclaim its values: "We're a good nation, we're a good people".

The five court justices said they took the president's order on its face, and separated it from his more bombastic anti-Muslim comments made on the presidential campaign trail and via Twitter. The court returned the case to the lower courts for a further ruling.

The vote to uphold the travel ban was 5-4 - along party lines. The ban also halts immigrants and refugees from North Korea and Venezuela.

Writing for the court, Chief Justice John Roberts said the government "has set forth a sufficient national security justification" to prevail. Booker also said he was still "emotionally raw" about his recent visit to the southern USA border, where more than 2,300 immigrant children were separated from their parents due to a Trump administration policy, which the president reversed last week amid widespread outcry.

"We were hoping that at least the Supreme Court would rule at least for fair play and let us be reunited with our families", said Salem, who came to the USA eight years ago and has since become a citizen.

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However, the challengers argued the court could not ignore everything that has happened, starting with Mr Trump's campaign tweets to prevent any Muslims entering the US.

In the majority opinion, Roberts called that decision "gravely wrong the day it was decided" and "overruled in the court of history", but Sotomayor warns that history could repeat itself.

After a more moderate version of the two GOP proposals failed on Thursday and two delays on the Republicans' "compromise" bill, pressure is on the president's party to finally deliver a fix to the country's immigration problems, including controversial family separations along the US border.

The heart of the travel ban puts restrictions on people who want to come to the USA from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen.

"Not since key decisions on slavery, segregation in schools, and Japanese American incarceration have we seen a decision that so clearly fails to protect those most vulnerable to government-led discrimination", added Farhana Khera, executive director of the group Muslim Advocates.

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