Posted by Arab American Institute on June 26, 2017 in Blog


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Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement on today’s Supreme Court action regarding the Muslim Ban:

Today’s announcement from the Supreme Court is a disappointment but it does not mean that bigotry has won the day. In fact, contrary to how the White House has portrayed the Court’s action, what we know is that the Muslim Ban will get a full hearing in October and that the stay granted in this case applies only to foreign nationals who cannot credibly claim a ‘bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.’ The majority of individuals seeking entry into the United States have such a connection. However, while we recognize the important exceptions the Court carved out, AAI strongly disagrees with the Court’s grant of stay for President Trump's travel ban on five Arab Countries and Iran. Put simply, it will allow the Administration to discriminate against the most vulnerable immigrants and refugees, those with no U.S. connections, based on thinly-veiled xenophobia and anti-Muslim bigotry, not sound national security justifications.
Once a full hearing occurs, we are confident that the Supreme Court will find that the ban is unconstitutional and discriminatory as it is designed to prohibit the entry of individuals based on their faith, in this case Muslims, just as President Trump said multiple times on the campaign trail. We remind everyone that this ban only applies to five Arab countries and Iran – all of which are majority Muslim. There is no doubt that this ban can be interpreted as anything other than discrimination based on religion and we look forward to the day when this shameful policy is refuted and behind us.



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