The Supreme Court of the United States has upheld the Trump administration’s travel ban aimed at preventing people from several Muslim-majority countries entry to the US.
Lower courts had previously ruled against the ban claiming unconstitutionality, but the US top court has in a twist 5-4 ruling reversed this decision on Tuesday.
The ban prohibits most people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen from entering the US.
The court’s reversal is viewed as a victory for the Trump administration.
But the travel ban has been widely criticised 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, President Donald Trump Trump shared the news from his Twitter account.
SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2018
Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Immigrant Rights Project said in a statement that the ruling was one of the Court’s “great failures”.
“The court failed today, and so the public is needed more than ever. We must make it crystal clear to our elected representatives: If you are not taking action to rescind and dismantle Trump’s Muslim ban, you are not upholding this country’s most basic principles of freedom and equality.”
Mr Jadwat likened the Court’s decision to the ruling which upheld Japanese-American internment during World War Two.