US Supreme Court Approves Trump's Travel Ban

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In a small corner office in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, Mugeeb Alrubyee is still angry and surprised by Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling upholding President Donald Trump's travel ban. He's been a great justice of the Supreme Court.

In remarks at a lunch with members of Congress Tuesday, Trump celebrated the decision as "a great victory for our Constitution". Just consider the Supreme Court's rulings of the past three days.

In his remarks at the White House, Mr Trump reinforced his reasoning for the ban.

While the refugee resettlement program will remain open for business, nonimmigrant travelers - people who come to the USA for business, employment, tourism or education - from the seven countries will indefinitely remain barred from entering the U.S.

Federal law grants a president "broad discretion" to suspend residents of other countries from entering the United States, the majority opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts said.

The U.S. Supreme Court is set for a rightward swing that could lead to sweeping changes to some of the most explosive culture-war issues roiling the country: a roll-back or abolition of abortion rights, the expansion of the death penalty and limits to programs that help minorities attend university.

Mr Trump has said the policy is needed to protect the country against attacks by Islamic militants. The policy applies to travelers from five countries with mostly Muslim populations: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

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Richard Lazarus is the Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law at Harvard University, where he teaches environmental law, natural resources law, Supreme Court advocacy, and torts.

"I look forward to meeting with and evaluating the qualifications of whoever President Trump nominates to become a justice on the Supreme Court", Manchin said in a statement. Today's decision will only add bragging rights to the Trump campaign.

The travel ban, which the Supreme Court allowed to take effect in December, has been widely criticised by refugee and human rights groups. He was born in Egypt, a country that wasn't affected by the ban, but he is still anxious about the message the Supreme Court ruling will send.

In addition to LGBT rights, Kennedy has also stood with the court's liberals as a bulwark protecting the constitutionality of abortion in all 50 states.

In a strident dissent that she read from in court, liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor said there were "stark parallels" with the court's now discredited 1944 decision that upheld U.S. internment of Japanese-Americans during World War Two.

Kennedy personally delivered his retirement letter to the White House on Wednesday afternoon, after he told his fellow justices of his plans at their afternoon conference.

"Taking all the relevant evidence together, a reasonable observer would conclude that the proclamation was driven primarily by anti-Muslim animus, rather than by the government's asserted national security justifications", Sotomayor wrote.

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