Reaction to Supreme Court decision upholding Trump’s ‘travel ban’

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban restricting entry to people from five Muslim-majority countries, delivering the president a major victory in a tortuous legal battle.

The win follows two embarrassing climbdowns for the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on migrants crossing the Mexico border and with Trump under mounting pressure to legislate a solution to the immigration crisis, one of the most polarizing debates in US politics.

Conservative jurists prevailed over liberals in Tuesday’s majority opinion from America’s highest court. The 5-4 ruling validated the most recent version of the ban, which the Trump administration claims is driven by national security.

Trump pounced on the decision as a victory for his authority to defend national security. “Wow!” he tweeted just minutes after the ruling. (AFP)

Here’s a look at reactions to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Trump’s travel ban.

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<p>Protesters rally against Supreme Court of the United States decision to uphold the travel ban in Foley Square, New York City on June 26, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Supreme Court upholds Trump administration’s so-called travel ban

Protesters rally against Supreme Court of the United States decision to uphold the travel ban in Foley Square, New York City on June 26, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>Immigration rights proponents react outside the U.S. Supreme Court after the Court upheld U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries, in Washington, June 26, 2018. (Photo: Leah Millis/Reuters) </p>
Court upholds Trump administration’s so-called travel ban

Immigration rights proponents react outside the U.S. Supreme Court after the Court upheld U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries, in Washington, June 26, 2018. (Photo: Leah Millis/Reuters)

<p>People protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court after the President Trump’s travel ban was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, June 26, 2018. (Photo: Leah Millis/Reuters) </p>
Supreme Court upholds Trump administration’s so-called travel ban

People protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court after the President Trump’s travel ban was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, June 26, 2018. (Photo: Leah Millis/Reuters)

<p>Tears run down the face of Naomi Liem, 10, of Franklin Park, N.J., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, during a protest against immigrant families being split up. Liem’s father, Guanuawan Liem, is currently being detained by ICE. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP) </p>
Court upholds Trump administration’s so-called travel ban

Tears run down the face of Naomi Liem, 10, of Franklin Park, N.J., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, during a protest against immigrant families being split up. Liem’s father, Guanuawan Liem, is currently being detained by ICE. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

<p>People protest the Muslim travel ban outside of the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on June 26, 2018. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Court upholds Trump administration’s so-called travel ban

People protest the Muslim travel ban outside of the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on June 26, 2018. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A girl cries as she speaks to the press outside the Supreme Court about her father who was detained by ICE agents after they released a decision about the travel ban Tuesday June 26, 2018. (Photo: Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images) </p>
Court upholds Trump administration’s so-called travel ban

A girl cries as she speaks to the press outside the Supreme Court about her father who was detained by ICE agents after they released a decision about the travel ban Tuesday June 26, 2018. (Photo: Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images)

<p>People protest the Muslim travel ban outside of the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on June 26, 2018. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Court upholds Trump administration’s so-called travel ban

People protest the Muslim travel ban outside of the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on June 26, 2018. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Caitlin Sanger, left, is comforted outside the Supreme Court as Naomi Liem, 10, looks on at right, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, as they protest immigrant families being split up. Both of their parents are being detained by Ice. Both are from Franklin Park, N.J. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP) </p>
Court upholds Trump administration’s so-called travel ban

Caitlin Sanger, left, is comforted outside the Supreme Court as Naomi Liem, 10, looks on at right, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, as they protest immigrant families being split up. Both of their parents are being detained by Ice. Both are from Franklin Park, N.J. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

<p>Protesters rally against Supreme Court of the United States decision to uphold the travel ban in Foley Square, New York City on June 26, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Supreme Court upholds Trump administration’s so-called travel ban

Protesters rally against Supreme Court of the United States decision to uphold the travel ban in Foley Square, New York City on June 26, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>Mehrad Ansari of Iran holds a sign outside of the U.S. Supreme Court after President Trump’s travel ban was upheld in Washington, June 26, 2018. Ansari and his sister both attend university in the U.S. and now may not go home to see their family in Iran if they want to be able to return to the U.S. (Photo: Leah Millis/Reuters) </p>
Supreme Court upholds Trump administration’s so-called travel ban

Mehrad Ansari of Iran holds a sign outside of the U.S. Supreme Court after President Trump’s travel ban was upheld in Washington, June 26, 2018. Ansari and his sister both attend university in the U.S. and now may not go home to see their family in Iran if they want to be able to return to the U.S. (Photo: Leah Millis/Reuters)

<p>Protesters rally against Supreme Court of the United States decision to uphold the travel ban in lower Manhattan of New York City on June 26, 2018.<br> (Photo: Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Supreme Court upholds Trump administration’s so-called travel ban

Protesters rally against Supreme Court of the United States decision to uphold the travel ban in lower Manhattan of New York City on June 26, 2018.
(Photo: Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>First generation Yemeni-American Ghadeer Almontaser, 5, of Brooklyn, holds an American flag as protesters hold a rally outside of Manhattan Federal Court on June 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Byron Smith/Getty Images) </p>
Supreme Court upholds Trump administration’s so-called travel ban

First generation Yemeni-American Ghadeer Almontaser, 5, of Brooklyn, holds an American flag as protesters hold a rally outside of Manhattan Federal Court on June 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Byron Smith/Getty Images)

<p>A man attending a 2nd amendment rally yells at counter-protesters outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., June 26, 2018.(Photo: Leah Millis/Reuters) </p>
Supreme Court upholds Trump administration’s so-called travel ban

A man attending a 2nd amendment rally yells at counter-protesters outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., June 26, 2018.(Photo: Leah Millis/Reuters)

<p>People protest during a rally about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in New York. (Photo: Andres Kudacki/AP) </p>
Supreme Court upholds Trump administration’s so-called travel ban

People protest during a rally about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in New York. (Photo: Andres Kudacki/AP)

<p>Rep. Cory Booker, N.J., speaks during the “We Will Not Be Banned” protest sponsored by Muslim Advocates in front of the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in in Washington, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP) </p>
Supreme Court upholds Trump administration’s so-called travel ban

Rep. Cory Booker, N.J., speaks during the “We Will Not Be Banned” protest sponsored by Muslim Advocates in front of the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in in Washington, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

<p>Don Cornejo, of Berkeley, Calif., holds up a sign as people listen to impacted community members speak about the Supreme Court decision on the ban of travel from several mostly Muslim countries during a news conference outside City Hall Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo: Eric Risberg/AP) </p>
Supreme Court upholds Trump administration’s so-called travel ban

Don Cornejo, of Berkeley, Calif., holds up a sign as people listen to impacted community members speak about the Supreme Court decision on the ban of travel from several mostly Muslim countries during a news conference outside City Hall Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo: Eric Risberg/AP)

<p>Protesters march down Broadway after a rally was held outside of Manhattan Federal Court on June 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Byron Smith/Getty Images) </p>
Supreme Court upholds Trump administration’s so-called travel ban

Protesters march down Broadway after a rally was held outside of Manhattan Federal Court on June 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Byron Smith/Getty Images)

<p>Protesters call out against the Supreme Court ruling upholding President Donald Trump’s travel ban outside the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in in Washington, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP) </p>
Court upholds Trump administration’s so-called travel ban

Protesters call out against the Supreme Court ruling upholding President Donald Trump’s travel ban outside the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in in Washington, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

<p>A man bearing an upside down American flag watches as protesters gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court as the court issued an immigration ruling June 26, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) </p>
Court upholds Trump administration’s so-called travel ban

A man bearing an upside down American flag watches as protesters gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court as the court issued an immigration ruling June 26, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

<p>People listen to a speech during a rally about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in New York. (Photo: Andres Kudacki/AP) </p>
Supreme Court upholds Trump administration’s so-called travel ban

People listen to a speech during a rally about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in New York. (Photo: Andres Kudacki/AP)

<p>Protesters Celina Scott-Buechler (R) and Lisset Pino (L) demonstrate against U.S. President Trump’s travel ban as protesters gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court following a court issued immigration ruling June 26, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) </p>
Court upholds Trump administration’s so-called travel ban

Protesters Celina Scott-Buechler (R) and Lisset Pino (L) demonstrate against U.S. President Trump’s travel ban as protesters gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court following a court issued immigration ruling June 26, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

<p>Protesters hold up signs that read ‘We Will Resist Trump’s Hate’ against U.S. President Trump’s travel ban gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court as the court issued an immigration ruling June 26, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) </p>
Court upholds Trump administration’s so-called travel ban

Protesters hold up signs that read ‘We Will Resist Trump’s Hate’ against U.S. President Trump’s travel ban gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court as the court issued an immigration ruling June 26, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

<p>A man holds a flag outside the U.S. Supreme Court, as the Trump v. Hawaii case regarding travel restrictions in the U.S. remains pending, in Washington, June 25, 2018. (Photo: Toya Sarno Jordan/Reuters) </p>
Court upholds Trump administration’s so-called travel ban USA-COURT/IMMIGRATION

A man holds a flag outside the U.S. Supreme Court, as the Trump v. Hawaii case regarding travel restrictions in the U.S. remains pending, in Washington, June 25, 2018. (Photo: Toya Sarno Jordan/Reuters)

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