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Published: Fri, June 29, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

US Supreme Court Upholds Trump's Travel Ban

US Supreme Court Upholds Trump's Travel Ban

President Donald Trump is expected to nominate a more conservative replacement, giving the right a five-four majority.

In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court bench handed over President Trump one of his biggest victories since taking charge of the White House in January previous year, by upholding his executive order that sought ban on travelling from five Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has rejected that idea, even though in 2016 he refused to hold hearings in an election year for then-President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.

But a dissenting liberal justice said the court was making a historic mistake by refusing to recognize the ban discriminates against Muslims. "There are times to fight and this is one of them".

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin had a grim response Wednesday to the news that Justice Anthony Kennedy will be retiring this summer: "Roe v. Wade is doomed".

Republicans now hold a bare 51-49 majority in the Senate, although that includes the ailing Senator John McCain of Arizona. The mostly unsurprising news came hours after SCOTUS struck down a pro-union IL law and a day after it upheld Trump's Muslim travel ban.

Justice Kennedy's retirement gives Republicans the opportunity to fulfill their promise to install a majority on the court that would overturn these decisions. The conservative justices on the court give loads of leeway to a president (in this case, a insane one who has been compromised by a foreign power) to dictate immigration policy. If the Senate divides 50-50, Vice President Mike Pence could break a tie to confirm the nominee.

He also has been a key vote when conservatives have won major rulings on the outcome of the 2000 presidential election in favor of George W. Bush, gun rights, limiting regulation of campaign money and gutting a key provision of the landmark federal Voting Rights Act. "The White House has to be cognizant of the fact they want to nominate someone who's going to get all 51 Republican votes".

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