PDF Version

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Disappointed in Supreme Court Decision to Reinstate Portions of Muslim Ban


Atlanta, GA, June 26, 2017 — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear the government's appeal of the lower court rulings blocking the Muslim ban. The court also reinstated part of the administration's Muslim ban, restricting some travelers from six Muslim-majority countries. It allows foreign nationals with close familial relationships with someone in the U.S. to live with or visit the United States. It also allows workers who accept an offer of employment from an American company, students enrolled in an American university, or a lecturer invited to address an American audience to come to the United States.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice), an affiliation of five civil rights organizations, is deeply disappointed in the Court’s decision and vows to continue providing immediate support to impacted members of the Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities.

After the first Muslim ban, staff members from our affiliation were among the first responders at airports across the country working to secure the release of individuals unlawfully detained at airports. As litigation worked its way through the courts, we have provided legal and Know Your Rights assistance to impacted communities, and have opposed efforts to establish backdoor Muslim ban policies. Advancing Justice joined the Korematsu Center in filing amicus briefs in multiple courts against the administration’s Muslim ban executive orders.

Advancing Justice released a statement following the court’s ruling:

"Today we are deeply disappointed that the Supreme Court sided with fear while blindly ignoring the hardships faced by refugees and visa seekers. Many Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities have suffered greatly since the first Muslim ban was issued. The administration’s Muslim ban foments disturbing trends of anti-Muslim sentiments within the U.S. and abroad. The Supreme Court should not have allowed any part of the Muslim ban to move forward while this executive order is under review.

The Muslim ban restrains travel and freedom of movement for the communities affected without a rational basis. Any attempt to limit travel based on religion or country of origin is an egregious attack on the Constitution. From the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II to the Muslim ban today, xenophobia has fanned the flames of fear and hatred, driving immigration policy in irrational ways.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Ninth Circuits got it right in declaring the Muslim ban unconstitutional. We will continue to oppose any and all threats to the communities we represent. We will stay vigilant to any future efforts from every part of this administration to ban religious or ethnic communities, including through backdoor policies.”

Contacts:
Michelle Boykins, (202) 296-2300 x0144, mboykins@advancingjustice-aajc.org
Jessica Jinn, (213) 241-8817, jjinn@advancingjustice-la.org
Brandon Lee, (773) 271-0899 x200, blee@advancingjustice-chicago.org
James Woo, (404) 585-8446, jwoo@advancingjustice-atlanta.org
Christina So, (415) 848-7728, christinaso@advancingjustice-alc.org

June 26, 2017: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Disappointed in Supreme Court Decision to Reinstate Portions of Muslim Ban

June 19, 2017: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Strengthens Hate Tracking Initiative on 35th Anniversary of Vincent Chin Attack

June 16, 2017: Asian Americans Advancing Justice outraged at Verdict in Philando Castile Wrongful shooting

June 12, 2017: BLOCK ON MUSLIM BAN STANDS

May 27, 2017: ADVANCING JUSTICE CONDEMNS ANTI-MUSLIM ATTACK AND FATAL STABBING IN PORTLAND, OREGON BY A WHITE SUPREMACIST

May 25, 2017: A Civil and Human Rights Win – Block on Muslim Ban Stands

May 23, 2017: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Denounces the White House Budget

May 19, 2017: ASIAN AMERICANS ADVANCING JUSTICE JOINS OVER 30 CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS IN CONDEMNING PROPOSED “BACKDOOR MUSLIM BAN”

May 10, 2017: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Condemns Passage of Texas Anti-Immigrant Senate Bill 4

May 4, 2017: ASIAN AMERICANS ADVANCING JUSTICE - ATLANTA PRESENTS SOUTHEATS 2017 | Asian Food Festival

May 4, 2017: Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Secures Victory Extending Voter Registration Deadline for Georgia Runoff Election

April 26, 2017: Asking Governor Nathan Deal To Veto Anti-Immigrant Legislation

April 26, 2017: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Applauds Federal Court Decision Blocking Trump’s Anti-Sanctuary Orders

April 20, 2017: Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Files Lawsuit Challenging Georgia’s Voter Registration Scheme

April 13, 2017: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Condemns AG Sessions’ Plans to Prosecute Undocumented Immigrants and Target Humanitarian Workers

April 4, 2017: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Mourns The Passing Of Trinh Huynh

March 17, 2017: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Condemns Increased Funding for Immigration Enforcement As Inhumane and Unnecessary Drain on Taxpayers

March 16, 2017: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Applauds Federal Court Order Blocking Revised Travel Ban

February 16, 2017: ASIAN AMERICANS ADVANCING JUSTICE OUTRAGED BY RECENT ICE RAIDS

February 8, 2017: The New Americans Campaign to promote U.S. Citizenship partners with Georgia Gwinnett College and Gwinnett County's Office of Community Outreach to host a Free Citizenship Workshop

February 1, 2017: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Strongly Opposes SCOTUS Nominee Neil Gorsuch

January 31, 2017: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Responds to White House Firing of Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates

January 27, 2017: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Condemns Executive Orders Banning Immigrants and Refugees From Predominantly Muslim Countries

January 27, 2017: Could Voter Fraud Investigation Lay Groundwork for Trump Decimation of Voting Rights?

January 26, 2017: Georgia immigrant Leaders to Hold News Conference With Civil Rights and Refugee Groups In Response To Pres. Trump's Immigration Executive Orders

January 25, 2017: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Condemns Executive Orders on Immigration

January 24, 2017: Advancing Justice - Atlanta and Gwinnett Branch of NAACP Meets with Commissioner Tommy Hunter

January 17, 2017: Advancing Justice - Atlanta Condemns Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter’s Comments and Calls on Him to Meet with Diverse Group of Community Leaders

January 3, 2017: Advancing Justice – Atlanta applauds Fulton County Judge’s Decision to Grant In-State Tuition for DACA Recipients