>> No ban, no wall, justice for all.>> As demonstrators gathered outside, Supreme Court justices on Wednesday signaled they're likely to uphold one of Donald Trump's most contentious acts as president, his travel ban targeting several Muslim majority countries>> Lawrence Hurley was at the Supreme Court.>> Among the concerns raised by the justices are the question of second guessing the president on issues of national security.
The president's preported reason for the ban is to protect the US from terrorist attacks. And some of the justices will worry about getting behind those motives.>> The nine justices taking up a challenge to the ban, brought by the state of Hawaii. The state arguing the travel ban is motivated by Trump's emnity towards Muslims.
Saying his order violates the Constitution's ban on the government favoring one religion over another.>> Mr. Chief Justice, and may it please the Court.>> In a rare audio feed of the arguments, the Court's conservative majority seemed to side with Trump, voicing doubts that the ban was aimed at Muslims.
Conservative Justice, Samuel Alito.>> If you look at what was done, it does not look at all like a Muslim ban. There are other justifications that jump out as to why these particular countries were put on the list.>> But justiceAnthony Kennedy a frequent swing vote, as well as liberal justices, questioned whether comments made in a campaign-
>> Of Muslims.>> Such as Trump calling for quote, total and complete shut down of Muslims entering the US, should simply be ignored.>> Suppose you have a local mayor, and as a candidate he makes vituperative, hateful statements. He's elected. And on day two he takes acts that are consistent with those hateful statements.
Whatever he said in the campaign is irrelevant?>> I would say yes because we do think that oath marks a fundamental transformation.>> After the arguments, the ban's opponents remained defiant.>> But regardless of what the Court decides, we're gonna continue our fight against this ban.>> The ban sparked chaos at airports when issued only a week after Trump took office.
After lower courts ruled against it, it was revised twice and now blocks people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. The Supreme Court is expected to issue it's ruling on Trump's travel ban by the end of June.