June 26th 2017
Board Member Nadia Mozaffar summarized the ruling: “although both the Ninth and Fourth Circuit Courts of Appeal found that the Muslim ban unconstitutionally discriminated against refugees and immigrants due to their religion, the reinstated ban (1) allows the administration to suspend refugee resettlement for four months (2) bans immigrants and travelers from six Muslim-majority countries from the United States for three months, if such immigrants and refugees cannot demonstrate they have a relationship with a person or an organization in the United States.”
Allowing the executive orders to take effect, even in limited form, unjustly ignores the Islamophobic origins of the policy and could encourage additional anti-Muslim policies from the Trump administration. It also puts Muslim Americans in jeopardy of being the victims of anti-Muslim hate crimes, which are already at an alarmingly high level. Furthermore, the announcement will cause unnecessary hardship and administrative headaches for individuals from the six Muslim-majority countries.
Congress must fulfill its oversight duties and step in to condemn and nullify this bigoted ban. As lower courts have previously stated, this policy is based on discrimination against the Muslim community’s religion, and not national security. It also clearly undermines our values as a nation to welcome people of all backgrounds, regardless of their religion or ethnic background.
We will continue to stand against this ban and are confident that when the Supreme Court does hear the case in the Fall, it will strike it down and put an end to this bigoted policy once and for all.
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