Earlier, Trump said in an official statement issued by the White House, "Today's Supreme Court ruling is a tremendous victory for the American People and the Constitution". A sixth Muslim-majority nation, Chad, also was included in the ban before the Trump administration removed it from the list.
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy said on Wednesday he plans to retire after three decades as a pivotal vote on the highest USA judicial body, giving President Donald Trump an opportunity to make the court more firmly conservative.
Now, the president gets to nominate Mr Kennedy's replacement. He has cast multiple votes both protecting legal abortion and affirming the homosexual agenda, though he has also signaled openness to some abortion restrictions. This is an important moment as we look to the future of the court.
With just days to go before America's independence day on 4 July, the Supreme Court decision could not have come at a better time for Trump who's on campaign mode again. He's been a great justice of the Supreme Court. "We will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy's successor this fall".
Malik worries that Tuesday's ruling grants the Trump administration a blank check to expand the travel ban and prevent more refugees and immigrants from entering the U.S. So does Syed Naqvi, a Pakistani immigrant who showed up to the downtown protest with his wife and five children.
"Not since key decisions on slavery, segregation in schools, and Japanese American incarceration have we seen a decision that so clearly fails to protect those most vulnerable to government-led discrimination", added Farhana Khera, executive director of the group Muslim Advocates.
He joined his fellow conservatives in the 2000 ruling that effectively gave the US presidency to Republican George W. Bush, rather than Democrat Al Gore, by preventing any more vote recounts in Florida.
The travel ban's stated goals of preventing entry to the USA of people who can not be adequately vetted and inducing other countries to improve their security practices provided legitimate justifications, Roberts said.
After the Senate defeated Reagan's first choice, conservative firebrand Robert Bork, and his second choice, Douglas Ginsburg, withdrew his nomination after the disclosure he had previously smoked marijuana, Kennedy was nominated.
Trump nominated 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch in January 2017 as his pick to replace the late-Justice Antonin Scalia, who died unexpectedly at a Texas ranch in February 2016.
University of Chicago Law Professor Geoffrey Stone told the legal news website conservatives now on the nation's hight court bench have a history of overturning precedent - including Wednesday's ruling in a union fees case.