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Trump claims victory with Supreme Court’s ruling


A small group of people rally in New York City on Monday to protest the US Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate a portion of USPresident Donald Trump’s executive order prohibiting people from certain countries from traveling to the US.

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The US Supreme Court’s decision on Monday to partially reinstated US President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban targeting citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries prompted the president to claim a victory for national security.

The nine justices, who will hear arguments in the case in October, said the ban could now be enforced for travelers from the targeted countries “who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

The court tempered its ruling by saying the ban could not be implemented against people who have personal links to the US, citing the examples of foreign nationals wishing to visit family or students accepted to attend university.

However, the decision marks a win for the Republican leader, who has insisted the ban is necessary for national security, despite criticism that it singles out Muslims in violation of the US constitution.

The US Department of State said it would begin enforcing the travel ban “in a professional, organized and timely way” within 72 hours, in line with a memorandum signed by Trump earlier this month.

The US leader has suffered a series of judicial defeats over the ban, with two federal appeals courts maintaining injunctions on it by arguing that his executive order discriminated against travelers based on their nationality.

Trump said he felt vindicated by what he called “a clear victory for our national security.”

“As president, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm,” he said.

On Twitter, he later added: “Great day for America’s future Security and Safety, courtesy of the U.S. Supreme Court. I will keep fighting for the American people, & WIN!”

Trump’s initial executive order — handed down without warning a week after he took office — triggered mayhem at airports in the US and abroad until it was blocked by the courts less than a week later.

Rights group said they did not expect chaos this time around.

The State Department vowed to keep travelers and travel industry partners informed as it implements the order, and to keep the US Refugee Admissions Program “apprised of changes as they take effect.”

Opponents welcomed the fact that the Supreme Court tempered the reach of the ban, as well as the prospect of the case being heard in the fall.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) national legal director David Cole said the ruling’s impact would be limited and the real crunch would come in October.

The judges “essentially adopted a middle course” between the government’s request to uphold Trump’s order and the ACLU’s appeals to stay the ban, he said.

“The court went out of its way to not tip its hand as to how it will rule on the ultimate issue, which is whether the president has the power to do this,” he said.

The New York Immigration Coalition, another fierce opponent, said the ruling created more confusion by using the term “bona fide relationship.”

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