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Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Donald Trump's #MuslimBan Approved By The Supreme Court In Six Countries

Donald Trump's #MuslimBan Approved By The Supreme Court In Six Countries

DONALD Trump's massively questionable "travel ban" preventing people coming from 6 Muslim nations around the world is going to be completely enforced following the Supreme Court authorizing his 3rd version this morning.

"As we have said many times in the past, Penn State fully supports all members of its academic community, regardless of their country of origin", said Nick Jones, University provost and executive vice president.

Generally, the policy, announced by presidential proclamation, bars most citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Chad, Yemen, North Korea, and Somalia, and certain groups of people from Venezuela, from traveling to the United States.

In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the Supreme Court's action "a substantial victory for the safety and security of the American people".

"US Supreme Court defends and allows Trump's #MuslimBan to go into full effect", Zarif said on his official Twitter account.

Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union and the state of Hawaii filed lengthy responses urging the court to maintain the status quo while the legal claims are heard and decided. The judges in Hawaii and Maryland found that the ban appears impermissibly discriminatory, has no legitimate national security goal and violates USA immigration law.

Trump had promised as a candidate to impose "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States". Trump made it clear that he was doing this to target Muslims, and was using recent terrorist attacks in Europe as a justification.

"President Trump's anti-Muslim prejudice is no secret".

Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, said "it's unfortunate that the full ban can move forward now, but this order does not address the merits of our claims". The court said the ban can go into effect while challenges continue to be heard in lower courts. The San Francisco-based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals and the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, will be holding arguments on the legality of the ban this week.

The justices, with two dissenting votes, said Monday that the policy can take full effect even as legal challenges against it make their way through the courts. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor said they would deny the request but did not spell out their reasons.

The decision, with only two dissents, strongly suggests the justices believe the current version of Trump's broad travel ban does not exceed his powers under the immigration laws and does not reflect unconstitutional religious discrimination against Muslims.

There are some exceptions to the ban.

The second run out in September following a long courtroom battle and it was substituted for the current version.

According to Michael Adewumi, vice provost for Global Programs, Penn State now hosts more than 10,000 worldwide students and scholars from more than 141 countries.

White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley said the latest version of the travel ban is "lawful and essential to protecting our homeland".

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