People from several Muslim-majority countries will not be able to travel to the US under any circumstances
26 Junio 2018 17:14
The American supreme court has upheld Donald Trump’s controversial - and xenophobic - travel ban against people travelling from Muslim-majority countries, seen as a significant victory for the administration and a serious back step for anti-discrimination advocates in the country.
In a 5-4 ruling today, the court accepted the Trump administration’s argument that the ban was within the president’s power to devise his own national security policy and his authority to ‘suspend entry of aliens into the United States’, The Guardian reported.
Just moments after the ruling was issued, Trump tweeted: ‘SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!’ as if the president was himself shocked to have pushed through such a divisive policy.
SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2018
Those opposed to the ban have repeatedly made the case that it does not make the country safer, and have sought to argue that targeting Muslims violates constitutional protections against discrimination on religious grounds. Trump does not seem to care or take notice.
Chief justice John Roberts criticised Trump after the ruling went through, and said that the principle of religious non-discrimination in US history should be emphasised.
‘The president of the United States possesses an extraordinary power to speak to his fellow citizens and on their behalf,’ Roberts wrote. ‘Our presidents have frequently used that power to espouse the principles of religious freedom and tolerance on which this nation was founded.’
Roberts used the example of George W Bush, who he claims defended ‘the true faith of Islam’ after the September 11 attacks in New York and said America is ‘a great country because we share the same values of respect and dignity and human worth’.
‘Yet it cannot be denied,’ Roberts wrote, ‘that the federal government and the presidents who have carried its laws into effect have – from the nation’s earliest days – performed unevenly in living up to those inspiring words.’
Trump has issued three executive orders curbing travel from certain Muslim-majority countries. Lower courts had blocked various versions of the ban, but the current order came into full effect in December 2017.
Travellers from Syria, Iran, Libya, Yemen and Somalia are not permitted to enter the US under any circumstances. The ban also includes limited sanctions against North Korea and Venezuela.