The US Supreme Court has upheld President Trump’s immigration travel ban against predominantly Muslim countries today as a legitimate exercise of executive branch authority, USA Today reports.
The 5-4 ruling reverses a series of lower court decisions that had struck down the ban as Illegal or unconstitutional. It hands a major victory to Trump, who initiated the battle to ban travelers a week after assuming office last year. It was a defeat for Hawaii and other states that had challenged the action, as well as immigration rights groups.
Chief Justice John Roberts issued the opinion, supported by the court’s other four conservatives. The four liberal justices dissented.