Posted by Arab American Institute on October 18, 2017 in Blog

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE

Rights Groups Call on Congress to Say #NoMuslimBanEver

For immediate release: September 27, 2017 

(Washington, DC) This morning, the Arab American Institute joined 14 other organizations, including the ACLU, Amnesty International USA, Muslim Advocates, South Asian Americans Leading Together and NIAC Action, to deliver a petition with more than 110,000 thousand signatures to members of Congress calling on them to assert their Constitutional power and override the Trump Administration’s Muslim Ban.

The petition read, “We call on Congress today to rise to the challenge of putting country before politics and to protect the rights of all people living in the United States by defending the Constitution and by rejecting the ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,’ from forever being enshrined in history books as the official policy of the United States.” Copies of the petition were delivered to the offices of Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT).  

President Trump’s Proclamation 9645: Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats violates on its face the Immigration and Nationality Act, which states, “no person shall receive any preference or priority or be discriminated against in the issuance of an immigrant visa because of the person’s race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or place of residence.”

Further, the Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed Congress’s power in the area of immigration, holding that the “formulation” of “[p]olicies pertaining to the entry of aliens and their right to remain here” is “entrusted exclusively to Congress,” Galvan v. Press (1954).

“On the day Muslim Ban 3.0 was set to go into effect, we ask congress to assert its Constitutional power. Instead of waiting for the Supreme Court to act, Congress can protect our Constitution, and the rights of millions of Americans and their families, by overriding the President’s Proclamation and denouncing its xenophobic goals,” said AAI Executive Director Maya Berry.  

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