The Huffington Post reports that Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg delivered a scathing dissent to the court upholding President Donald Trump’s travel ban Tuesday, saying “a reasonable observer would conclude that the Proclamation was motivated by anti-Muslim animus.”
The ban, announced in September, was the administration’s third attempt at cobbling up a policy to crack down on immigration from Muslim countries. Trump’s other plans were blocked by courts that found the ban to be discriminatory and unconstitutional. Lower courts also found this latest workaround to be legally defective but in December the Supreme Court decided to allow it to go into effect while the case continued through the legal process. Trump argued that the ban is necessary for national security purposes.
The conservative majority held that the president has the authority to enact a travel ban that severely restricts the ability of certain foreign nationals and refugees to enter the country.