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The US Supreme Court has empowered Trump's Islamophobia

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On Monday, December 4, the United States Supreme Court allowed the third version of President Donald Trump's travel ban to take immediate effect. The latest rendition of what is broadly called the "Muslim Ban", a campaign promise that Trump delivered on three times during the first 10 months of his presidency, limits entry of nationals from six Muslim majority nations (Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen) and two additional states on which the order has minimal practical effect (North Korea and Venezuela).

The Supreme Court decision is a limited one, overturning the lower court's restraining orders on the Ban until it is able to rule on the constitutional claims. However, it is significant on several accounts.

The decision is striking in that it is the first time the federal courts, and indeed the Supreme Court, has endorsed this version of the Ban in its entirety. The ruling revives and reinstates the Ban as standing immigration policy. The Supreme Court stay foreshadows a ruling on the constitutional challenges made against the Ban that may allow it to stand for the duration of the Trump administration.

The Supreme Court decision enables, only days after Trump issued a series of inflammatory tweets featuring the British ultra-nationalist Jayda Fransen, an administration bent on robustly institutionalising Islamophobia into their domestic and foreign policy programmes. The decision is a........

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