The US Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld President Donald Trump's travel ban on nationals of several Muslim-majority countries.
Well into his presidency, Trump's website touted a policy of "preventing Muslim immigration", and his spokesman said anti-Muslim videos retweeted by Trump were related to the travel ban.
The travel ban has been fully in place since December, when the justices put the brakes on lower court rulings that had ruled the policy out of bounds and blocked part of it from being enforced.
The criteria shifted the emphasis away from identification as Muslim-majority countries, which was seen as a violation of US immigration law and constitutional protections against religious discrimination.
Trump will view the travel ban decision as a validation that he was, from the start, right all along about his ability to limit who comes into the country. It called the ruling a "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".
Asked specifically whether the Supreme Court ruling emboldened him to deport people without due process, Trump replied: "We have to find a system where you don't need thousands of judges sitting at a border". Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts found that "the government has set forth a sufficient national security justification to survive rational basis review". The travel ban had restricted the entry of people from Iran, North Korea, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Venezuela.
A lawsuit filed Tuesday by New York, California and 15 other states also cites Trump's statement referring to Mexicans crossing the border as rapists as evidence that the border separation policy is consistent with what it calls Trump's demonstrated bias against Latin Americans.
Deep into the 2016 Republican presidential primary season, Trump announces in SC that he wants a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States". But the Supreme Court ended its term a year ago by issuing a middle-ground ruling that allowed the travel ban to take effect, except for foreign visitors who have a close family tie or business affiliation in the United States. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, who was born in Japan, both compared the ban and the ruling to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Ryan Mace, Grassroots Advocacy & Refugee Specialist at Amnesty International USA, called it a "hateful policy".
Rights groups denounced the ruling.
The American Civil Liberties Union compared Tuesday's ruling to the 1944 Supreme Court decision that allowed the federal government to imprison Japanese Americans, calling both moves "shameful chapters of US history".
While Sotomayor's argument may not have won today, her opinion still paints a clear picture of how Trump's own tweets can be used to undermine his administration's goals.
Two previous attempts by the Trump administration to restrict immigration from majority-Muslim countries have been struck down by federal courts.
Since Trump took office, reports of crimes against Muslims in the country saw a greater spike than that following the September 11, 2001 attacks, said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman of Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Shortly after the Supreme Court released its decision, President Donald Trump shared the news from his Twitter account.
I have reason to suspect that the press isn't exactly thrilled over the Supreme Court upholding President Trump's travel ban. It also halted refugee admissions for 120 days and indefinitely banned Syrian refugees. The decision is being deemed as a success for the Trump Administration.
"The president's statements, which the majority utterly fails to address in its legal analysis, strongly support the conclusion that the proclamation was issued to express hostility toward Muslims and exclude them from the country", the dissent read.