On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s controversial order which prevents the nationals of several Muslim-majority nations from entering the country.
The nine-judge court voted 5-4 in favour of the ban.
“The proclamation is expressly premised on legitimate purposes: preventing entry of nationals who cannot be adequately vetted and inducing other nations to improve their practices,” Chief Justice John G Roberts wrote for the majority opinion. “The text says nothing about religion.”
Trump called the ruling “a tremendous victory” for Americans and the Constitution, saying in a statement that the court had “upheld the clear authority of the President to defend the national security” of the US.
His statement said: “This ruling is also a moment of profound vindication following months of hysterical commentary from the media and Democratic politicians who refuse to do what it takes to secure our border and our country.”
The American Civil Liberties Union said the ruling will “go down in history as one of the Supreme Court’s greatest failures”.
Even dissenting judges voiced their disapproval. “Based on the evidence in the record, a reasonable observer would conclude that the Proclamation was motivated by anti-Muslim animus,” Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in the dissent opinion.
Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Convention, did not criticise the court, choosing to focus on the travel order. He said: “Discrimination is not a national security strategy, and prejudice is not patriotism. Let’s call this ban for what it is: an outright attack on the Muslim community that violates our nation’s commitment to liberty and justice for all.”