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Travel ban is upheld by Supreme Court

THE U.S. SUPREME COURT on Tuesday upheld on a 5-4 vote a travel ban from seven nations.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday voted to uphold the Trump administration’s policy of banning or limiting travel to the United States from seven countries, including five primarily Muslim nations

On a 5-4 vote, the court backed the prohibition of travelers from Venezuela, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Iran and North Korea, declaring it to be within the president’s national security powers.

“Presidents have substantial power to regulate immigration,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts in the majority decision

The court’s split reflected the conservative/liberal division, with the majority backing the President’s travel ban. Trump tweeted “Wow!” as the decision was announced.

Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor said, “History will not look kindly on the court’s misguided decision today, nor should it.”

Also on Tuesday, the court voted 5-4 to strike down a 2016 California law which requires crisis pregnancy centers – generally anti-abortion – to also provide information on abortion, contraception and prenatal care to its clients.

Similar laws are also in place in Hawaii and Illinois.



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