The Supreme Court has just delivered a major victory to President Trump by upholding his travel ban, reports Politico. The justices split 5-4 along the usual lines, with the conservative majority winning the day. The court actually upheld the president's third version of his ban, this one issued last fall and originally barring travelers from eight countries, reports the Washington Post. The eight were Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, Venezuela, and North Korea, though Chad was later removed. Six of those countries have Muslim majorities, but the White House insisted to the court that it was not a "Muslim ban." The state of Hawaii and other challengers disagreed and argued, unsuccessfully, that Trump had exceeded his executive authority with the move.
"SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!," tweeted Trump after the news broke. The decision ends more than a year of legal arguments about a key component of the president's immigration policy, notes NBC News. Trump put his first travel ban into effect soon after taking office, but it caused chaos in airports and met stiff resistance in courtrooms. The second iteration didn't fare much better, but the third has now succeeded. The ban has been in effect since December, when the Supreme Court allowed it to take effect while the legal case played out. (Read more Trump travel ban stories.)