>> The Supreme Court ruling was a tremendous victory for our country.>> It was a lightning strike that defined President's Trump early days in office. An outright ban on visitors from several Muslim countries. Sparking chaos at airports in protests worldwide. But on Tuesday, in a stunning victory for Trump, the Supreme Court upheld the travel ban saying the executive order falls squarely within the scope of Trump's presidential authority over the borders.
>> We greatly appreciate it. We needed it as a country.>> Supreme Court correspondent Lawrence Hurley covered the decision.>> The court, for the first time, has weighed in on the merits of the legal dispute here, and said that it's okay for Trump to do this, which means that Trump could now extend the ban, add more countries.
>> The administration said the ban was needed to protect the country against attacks by Islamic millitants. The court's conservative majority sided with Trump. Chief Justice John Roberts, writing at the government, had set forth a sufficient national security justification.>> All religions welcome here! All religions welcome here!>> Immigration advocates condemn the decision.
>> To my Muslim brothers and friends, and neighbors, we wanna say that we stand with you, we're with you, and we're gonna fight this racist discriminatory policy. In her blistering descend, Liberal Justice, Sonia Sotomayor said the court's decision recalled the 1944 ruling that allowed the government to round up Japanese Americans during World War II.
The high court was careful to note that it did not endorse Trump's incendiary comments on the 2016 campaign trail where he called for a total ban on Muslim travelers. The decision comes as Trump carries out a broad immigration crackdown that has separated more than 2,000 children from their parents along the Mexican border, and stripped protections for young immigrants who entered the country illegally as children.
>> The decision today is purely about the President's broad authority on deciding who can come into and out of the country. But it does perhaps embolden the administration if they wanna do other things like this If they think the Supreme Court is sympathetic, until the Supreme Court issues them a stunning defeat, they're probably gonna feel like they can push the envelope a little bit.
>> The current order prevents all travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen from entering the country, along with Venezuela and North Korea. The narrow 5-4 ruling caps a year long legal odyssey that saw Trump's order suspended and modified several times as lower courts ruled against it, only to be overruled by the nation's top bench.