SCOTUS Decision on Muslim Ban (POST Press Conference)

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CAIR Denounces U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision Allowing Muslim Ban to Remain in Effect

(Birmingham, AL, 6/26/18) --
 The Alabama Chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AL), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today decried the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision announced this morning to allow the Muslim Ban 3.0 to remain in effect.

WATCH: CAIR-Alabama News Conference Reacting to the Supreme Court Decision
https://www.facebook.com/CAIRAlabama/videos
 
In a 5-4 decision, the court reversed an injunction that had -- until December 2017 -- prevented the Trump administration from using the Muslim Ban 3.0 as a basis for denying visas to foreign nationals from eight affected countries.   
 
In her dissent, Justice Sotomayor wrote: “A reasonable observer would conclude that the Proclamation was driven primarily by anti-Muslim animus, rather than by the Government’s asserted national-security justifications. Even before being sworn into office, then-candidate Trump stated that ‘Islam hates us.’”

"Today’s decision deeply impacts Muslim communities and communities of color." said CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed. "This is not the first time the Court has been wrong on a decision. In Korematsu the Court permitted the incarceration of thousands of people based on their Japanese ancestry. In this case, Trump set out to ban Muslims from entering the country and the Court permitted him to do so. This decision empowers the president and future administrations to discriminate on the basis of religion."

CAIR-Alabama was joined by the Stand As One Coalition, a group of local grassroots organizations which comes together in solidarity to help communities build collective power through civic engagement, training, and rapid response to threats. 

JaTaune Bosby of member organization the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, shared ACLU's national statement from the Immigrant Rights Project, saying "This ruling will go down in history as one of the Supreme Court’s great failures. It repeats the mistakes of the Korematsu decision upholding Japanese-American imprisonment and swallows wholesale government lawyers’ flimsy national security excuse for the ban instead of taking seriously the president’s own explanation for his action. It is ultimately the people of this country who will determine its character and future. The court failed today, and so the public is needed more than ever."

Faith in Action Alabama's Dave Barnhart urged members of the public to stand against this injustice with their "bodies, ballots, bucks, and beliefs" and to make sure that they are voting for elected officials that will not stay silent about such discriminatory policies. 

Louis Robledo, an organizer for member group Adelante Alabama Worker Center, added "Our black and brown immigrant communities are, and have always been under attack by state sponsored terror. This Ban, like the separation of children and families by ICE and Border Patrol, continues to tear families apart."

In its decision, the Supreme Court granted extreme deference to the Trump administration, which gives the administration the green light to inject discrimination back into the immigration system.
 
Since the Trump administration’s first attempt to ban Muslim immigration to the United States, CAIR has filed legal challenges to each of the ban’s permutations.
 
SEE CAIR’S First Muslim Ban Lawsuit:
https://www.democracynow.org/2017/1/31/sarsour_v_trump_palestinian_american_activist
 
In the Supreme Court, CAIR had filed an amicus brief on behalf of six individuals who successfully obtained an injunction against Muslim Ban 3.0 from a federal court in Maryland.
 
READ CAIR'S BRIEF: https://tinyurl.com/CAIRAmicusBrief
 
The brief -- filed in the wake of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit's decision in February declaring Trump's Muslim ban unconstitutional – states in part: "The injuries suffered by the [plaintiffs] are beyond the pale. If they are beyond the power of the courts to remedy, we fear for what is yet to come."
 
[NOTE: CAIR and the Brennan Center for Justice filed the lawsuit in October 2017. On appeal, that case, Zakzok v. Trump, was consolidated with two others and was jointly decided by the Fourth Circuit.]
 
SEE: 'The Words of the President' Doom Trump Travel Ban, Fourth Circuit Says
 
In December of last year, CAIR applauded the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' unanimous decision against the Trump administration's "Muslim Ban 3.0."
 
SEE: CAIR Welcomes Another Court Ruling Against Trump's 'Muslim Ban 3.0'
 
CAIR-Alabama is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
 
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.



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CONTACT: CAIR Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed; 334-224-2196; khadeed@cair.com