Sonia Sotomayor wrote in a dissent, "What the unrebutted evidence actually shows is that a reasonable observer would conclude, quite easily, that the primary objective and function of the Proclamation is to disfavor Islam by banning Muslims from entering the country". Roberts said that law grants "ample power" to the president on "decisions whether and when to suspend entry, whose entry to suspend, for how long, and on what conditions". He also rejected the challengers' claim of anti-Muslim bias. His website even called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on", adding that our "country cannot be the victims of the horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect of human life". While the forcible relocation of Japanese-American citizens to concentration camps was "objectively unlawful" and "morally repugnant", Roberts argued, "it is wholly inapt to liken that" to the travel ban, which he described as a "facially neutral policy denying certain foreign nationals the privilege of admission".
But a majority of Supreme Court justices rejected the idea that the ban was premised on religious discrimination.
Instead, he said, they had to send notice to USA officials in Washington so they could decide to deny or grant the waiver. Justices Breyer and Kagan - Breyer speaking for them - dissented first.
"Based on the evidence in the record, a reasonable observer would conclude that the proclamation was motivated by anti-Muslim animus", she said.
Taeb said the travel ban, which comes at the backdrop of the "zero-tolerance policy" at the USA border that has seen more than 2,000 children taken away from their families, was a policy centered on "advancing a white nationalist agenda".
She likened the case to the discredited Korematsu V. US decision that upheld the detention of Japanese-Americans during World War II. "Wow!" he tweeted just minutes after the ruling. Venezuela and North Korea also were targeted in the current policy. Trump said in a White House statement. Trump v. Hawaii pitted the Trump Administration against the State of Hawaii in an attempt to prevent the entry into the United States of nationals from a designated list of nations.
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Opponents of the U.S. Supreme Court travel ban decision call on Congress to step in at a rally in Detroit on Tuesday evening.
KING: All right. We've heard a lot about the travel ban decision.
Mr Trump tweaked the order after the 9th USA circuit court of appeals in San Francisco refused to reinstate the ban.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California, along with the 4th Circuit in Virginia, upheld the district judges who had blocked Trump's order.
"The government has set forth a sufficient national security justification to survive rational basis review".
Of the remaining 27,129 visa applicants, 579 were "cleared for waivers" - a rate of 2.1 percent. "The text says nothing about religion", Roberts said. But he added that presidents and the country have not always lived up "to those inspiring words".
Trump has been struggling for a while to get the ban in place, as he tried to put one in place only one week after being in office. And Justice Breyer, again speaking from the bench, said that the court was embarking on a very risky path that - he noted that the court had - in another abortion case had upheld the right of the state of Pennsylvania to require doctors to tell women seeking an abortion about adoption services.