During oral arguments on Wednesday, the Supreme Court seemed to be in favor of allowing President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
The court’s four conservative justices and Justice Anthony Kennedy, the key swing vote, broadly saw the president’s move as lawful, though Kennedy did have reservations about the way in which Trump regularly targeted Muslims during his 2016 campaign. Conservatives were swayed by the fact that while the ban disproportionately affects Muslims, only about eight percent of the world’s Muslim population is impacted.
The ban – one of Trump's key campaign promises – restricts travel to the U.S. by citizens from several Muslim-majority countries that the Trump administration says are security threats.
Liberals on the court said the travel ban exceeded presidential power and argued that Trump’s tweets on the ban made it clear he harbored prejudice against Muslims.
A final decision on the matter is expected this summer.