CAPAC Chair Statement on Supreme Court Announcement to Partially Reinstate Muslim Ban

Jun 26, 2017 Issues: Civil Rights, Immigration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear oral arguments on President Trump’s travel ban case this fall, and allowed parts of the ban to go into effect. Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement:

“I am disheartened by the Supreme Court’s decision today to allow a limited part of President Trump’s discriminatory Muslim and refugee ban to be implemented. Even with this narrow scope, the ban continues to go against our core American values of diversity and religious freedom. Although the Court strictly limited who could be impacted under the Trump’s travel ban to individuals who lack a relationship or connection to a person or entity in the U.S., it nevertheless gives the Trump Administration a green light to stigmatize Muslims in the six countries listed in the revised Executive Order. The circuit courts, relying on President Trump’s own tweets, public statements during the campaign and the transition, and his conversations with his advisors, have established that the President acted in order to ban followers of the Muslim faith from entering our country. The decision today does not address these facts, but I am confident that when the Court reviews the merits of the challenge against the Muslim ban it will find that it violates both the spirit and the letter of our Constitution.”

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.