Justices ruled that a Missouri church cannot be excluded from a state program with a secular intent.
The high court declined to decide a case involving the killing of an unarmed Mexican teenager by a Border Patrol agent.
The action means that the administration may impose temporary bans on travelers from six majority-Muslim countries and on all refugees, with exceptions noted by the court.
Lower courts had ruled that the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, who cited his religious beliefs, had violated the state’s public accommodations law.
The newest justice has proved himself to be a self-assured jurist unafraid of the big stage.