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US Supreme Court Upholds Trump Travel Ban

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US Supreme Court Upholds Trump Travel Ban

The Supreme Court has upheld the legality of the latest version of President Trump’s travel ban holding that the President was within his authority when he blocked travel from certain Muslim Majority countries

The ruling was 5-4 along partisan lines, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing for the conservative majority, report the BBC and CNN.

Lower courts had deemed the ban unconstitutional, but the US top court has reversed this decision in a 5-4 ruling announced on Tuesday.

The ban prohibits most people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen from entering the US.

It has been criticized by refugee and human rights groups.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion, which said the travel ban was "squarely within the scope of Presidential authority."

"The Government has set forth a sufficient national security justification to survive rational basis review. We express no view on the soundness of the policy."

Shortly after the Supreme Court released its decision, Trump shared the news from his Twitter account.

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