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Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban from several Muslim-majority countries

Dissenting justices say decision ‘erodes the foundational principles of religious tolerance’

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The US Supreme Court has upheld Donald Trump’s travel bantargeting several Muslim-majority countries, handing the president both a symbolic victory and a powerful affirmation of his powers to control immigration.

The 5-4 ruling, with the court’s five conservatives in the majority, ended – at least for now – a fierce fight in the courts over whether the policy represented an unlawful ban on Muslims entering the United States.

Mr Trump can now claim vindication after lower courts blocked a version of the travel ban announced in September, as well as two prior versions, in legal challenges brought by the state of Hawaii and others.

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The Independent

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