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Sonia Sotomayor's Blistering Dissent in the Travel Ban Decision Perfectly Explains Why History Will Not Look Kindly on This Ruling
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 18: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor participates in an annual Women's History Month reception hosted by Pelosi in the U.S. capitol building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. This year's event honored the women Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court: Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)

In a scathing dissent from the majority opinion to uphold President Donald Trump's travel ban, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said today's decision in Trump v. Hawaii bears a troubling resemblance to Korematsu v. United States, the 1944 ruling which upheld President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Japanese internment camps.

“Today’s holding is all the more troubling given the stark parallels between the reasoning of this case and that of Korematsu v. United States,” Sotomayor wrote in her dissent, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “Although a majority of the Court in Korematsuwas willing to uphold the Government’s actions based on a barren invocation of national security, dissenting Justices warned of that decision’s harm to our constitutional fabric."

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