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Travel ban ruling a boost for Trump

It emboldens hardline immigration policy and reflects impact of conservative shift

US President Donald Trump's hardline policy on immigration and against refugees, in general, will be emboldened by the latest Supreme Court ruling to uphold his travel ban on people from Iran, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Venezuela and North Korea.

Tuesday's decision also reflects the far-reaching impact of the tilting of the scales towards the conservative - one of the most critical aspects of Mr Trump's and the Republican Party's longer-term agenda - achieved with the appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch in April last year, three months after the President assumed office.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 28, 2018, with the headline 'Travel ban ruling a boost for Trump'. Print Edition | Subscribe