CHN: Supreme Court Upholds Discriminatory Muslim Ban
On June 26, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling upholding the Trump Administration’s Muslim ban, allowing the government to effectively ban individuals from several Muslim-majority countries from coming to the U.S. The Court had previously allowed this third iteration of the ban, issued in September 2017, to go into effect while the case was moving through the courts. The New York Times said the decision “sends a blunt message of rejection to visa seekers from some of the destitute and dysfunctional countries… who saw the Supreme Court as their last hope.”
The National Immigration Law Center, a member of CHN, said in a statement, “The Court’s decision ignores and empowers this administration’s bigotry and serves as a tacit approval of religious and ethnic discrimination that runs counter to the inclusionary principles that our country aspires to. President Trump’s Muslim ban has already caused immeasurable suffering to families and communities and is part of the administration’s overall strategy of attacking and separating immigrant and refugee families.” CHN also issued a statement, saying in part, “In disregarding repeated statements showing the Trump anti-Muslim bias, the Supreme Court has affirmed an injustice. The decision recalls our worst national acts, not our enduring values.” The ACLU called the decision “one of the Supreme Court’s great failures.” Advocates have vowed to continue fighting for Muslim families and communities and pushing members of Congress to take action to end the Muslim ban.