Trump v. Hawaii on the Travel Ban
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The travel ban imposed by President Donald Trump raised constitutional challenges to the exclusion of immigrants and visitors from several Muslim countries such as Libya, Syria, and Somalia. The constitutional question is whether the ban is legitimately grounded in the President’s broad powers as Commander in Chief under Article II as well as specific powers over immigration granted by Congress, or is the ban instead grounded in animus against Muslims, in violation of the First Amendment? The Court’s decision to uphold the travel ban as a reasonable security restriction will increase the power of the presidency, but does not provide a blank check when First Amendment rights are implicated.