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29 June 2018, 02:41 | Bernice Figueroa
Supreme Court Upholds Donald Trump’s Travel Ban 3.0, Says POTUS ‘Possesses An Extraordinary Power’
Trump quickly claimed "profound vindication" after lower courts had blocked his travel ban announced in September, as well as two prior versions, in legal challenges brought by the state of Hawaii and others. This marks a major victory for Trump, who began the battle to ban travelers a week after assuming office previous year.
But civil liberties advocates - as well as representatives of the U.S.travel industry, were not as thrilled with the ruling as Trump appeared to be.
Trump last week retreated on his administration's practice of separating the children of immigrants from their parents when families were detained illegally entering the United States.
Arthur, a former immigration judge, said the order was created to improve information-sharing between the U.S. and countries that are not providing adequate information on the identity, criminal history and terrorist ties of its citizens who are trying to enter the U.S. The administration identified 47 countries with questionable information-sharing processes through its implementation of the travel ban and has been working to improve those relationships. Booker also said he was still "emotionally raw" about his recent visit to the southern US 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.
The American Society of Travel Agents has added its voice to industry groups calling for a united front in showing the USA is still very much a welcoming place.
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Roberts vehemently disagreed with Sotomayor, arguing it's "wholly inapt to liken that morally repugnant order to a facially neutral policy denying certain foreign nationals the privilege of admission".
Trump passed veto to seven Muslim-majority countries with argument of national security a few days after assuming power, at beginning of 2017, but courts did not take long to topple it as discriminatory against citizens of a religion.
Iraq and Sudan were on earlier versions of the ban. The ban also halts immigrants and refugees from North Korea and Venezuela.
Those restrictions were not challenged in court.
Even as he rejected the parallels to the travel ban, though, Roberts took the opportunity to expressly disavow the high court's 74-year-old decision.
The travel ban was one of Mr Trump's signature hardline immigration policies that have been a central part of his presidency and "America first" approach.
Amirhamzeh's uncle missed his mother's funeral in Iran when the first version of the ban went into effect in January 2017 because, as a green card holder, he feared he'd be unable to re-enter the United States.
The Roberts Court is historically unusual in that none of the justices has ever held elected office; the experience gap contributes to an impression that they are naive about the way their decisions affect and distort the political system.
People from countries covered by the ban filed 33,176 applications for non-immigrant and immigrant visas between December 8, 2017 and April 30, according to data in a June 22 letter from Assistant Secretary of State Mary Waters to Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen.
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