Supreme Court upholds travel ban

By Meg Wagner, Brian Ries and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 2:12 a.m. ET, June 27, 2018
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12:13 p.m. ET, June 26, 2018

Protesters are chanting "No ban, no wall!" outside the Supreme Court

From CNN's Saba Hamedy

There is a rally in front of the Supreme Court following this morning's court decision upholding President Trump's travel ban.

Protesters outside of the court are holding signs — at least one read "Build Bridges, not Walls — and chanting, "No ban, no wall!"

Farhana Khera, the executive director of Muslim Advocates, which organized at least one of the protests, called the ruling a "disappointment" but vowed that the group would keep fighting.

"The President may have won this round but we are now moving on to next round because we know this is part of a broader battle against Trumps' bigoted, agenda not only against Muslims but all black and brown communities," Khera told CNN.
11:55 a.m. ET, June 26, 2018

Department of Homeland Security: Trump's actions protect the American people

Following the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Trump's travel ban, the Department of Homeland Security called the ban a "critically important executive action" that takes "important steps to protect the American people."

"The Department of Homeland Security will continue to faithfully execute our country’s immigration laws and treat everyone we encounter humanely and with professionalism," the department said in a statement.

Here's the full statement:

11:50 a.m. ET, June 26, 2018

Supreme Court justice dissents: It is wrong to ignore Trump's "charged statements about Muslims"

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in a blistering dissent, said the court was wrong to ignore Trump's various comments.

"The majority here completely sets aside the President's charged statements about Muslims as irrelevant," she wrote.

"That holding erodes the foundational principles of religious tolerance that the court elsewhere has so emphatically protected, and it tells members of minority religions in our country 'that they are outsiders, not full members of the political community.'"

She also compared today's opinion to one that came down in 1944 in which the court blessed the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

Reacting to the dissent, Chief Justice John Roberts took the unusual step to declare that the 1944 case, Korematsu vs United States, was no longer good law and was wrongly decided.

Important note: This is the first time the Supreme Court has ever made this public determination.

11:43 a.m. ET, June 26, 2018

Jeff Sessions: "Today is a great victory for the safety and security of all Americans"

Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images
Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images

Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the Supreme Court's travel ban ruling a "great victory" for Americans' safety.

Today’s decision is critical to ensuring the continued authority of President Trump — and all future presidents — to protect the American people," Sessions said in the statement.

Sessions is in Los Angeles this morning and found out about the decision from a senior staff member. A Justice official told CNN he had a big smile on his face.

Read the rest of Sessions' statement:

11:52 a.m. ET, June 26, 2018

Trump calls travel ban ruling "a tremendous victory for the American People and the Constitution"

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Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Trump called the Supreme Court's decision to uphold his travel ban a "tremendous victory" for Americans and the US constitution.

In a statement, Trump called it a "vindication" — a word one White House used when describing to CNN Trump's feeling about the ruling.

"This ruling is also a moment of profound vindication following months of hysterical commentary from the media and Democratic politicians who refuse to do what it takes to secure our border and our country," Trump's statement read.

Here's the full statement:

11:34 a.m. ET, June 26, 2018

Travel ban ruling a “miscarriage of justice” says Muslim civil rights group

The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (a Muslim civil rights and advocacy group) just sent us a statement condemning the Supreme Court decision upholding the travel ban.

"This is a miscarriage of justice," CAIR-Chicago Deputy Director and counsel Sufyan Sohel said, adding, "The Supreme Court had an opportunity to remind this country that all of us, regardless of where we were born, what we look like, or how we pray, are welcome, and they failed. This ban was inspired by – and remains – contrary to the values of freedom and equality that are central to who we aspire to be as a nation."

11:29 a.m. ET, June 26, 2018

How the 9 Supreme Court justices ruled

The decision to uphold President Trump's travel ban was a 5-4 split along partisan lines.

The five who ruled in favor of the ban are...

  • Chief Justice John Roberts
  • Anthony Kennedy
  • Neil Gorsuch
  • Samuel Alito
  • Clarence Thomas

And the four who ruled against it are...

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Stephen Breyer
  • Sonia Sotomayor
  • Elena Kagan
11:22 a.m. ET, June 26, 2018

First Muslim elected to Congress reacts to ruling upholding Trump's travel ban

Democrat Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, just spoke to CNN and reacted to the Supreme Court's ruling upholding Trump's travel ban.

The Supreme Court has said, “as long [Trump] puts a very thin veneer of national security on top of all that discrimination and racism, they will buy it. In other words, as long as a pig has some lipstick on it, it’s fine," Ellison said.

He added, "A gloating braggart is not going to win at the end of the day. I have deep faith, the best impulses of this country are about liberty, are about equality, are about religious liberty and freedom...we will prevail."


11:17 a.m. ET, June 26, 2018

Jeff Sessions responds to travel ban news with a big smile, Justice official tells CNN

Laura Jarrett reports

Jeff Sessions in the US Capitol in May
Jeff Sessions in the US Capitol in May Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is in Los Angeles this morning and found out about the Supreme Court decision from a senior staff member.

A Justice official tells CNN he had a big smile on his face.