CAPAC Chair Chu: Trump’s Muslim Ban May Be Legal, But Will Never Be Right

Jun 26, 2018

Washington, DC — Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), released the following statement on today’s 5-4 Supreme Court decision in Trump v. Hawaii, upholding President Trump’s Muslim ban:

“Trump’s Muslim ban will never be right. The majority opinion ignored reality and turned a blind-eye on the intent and motivation behind Trump’s discriminatory Proclamation. The President made clear over time that the intention behind this act was to use his legal authority over immigration to propagate anti-Muslim prejudice. If his actions did not meet the Court’s standard to find religious discrimination, then the Court has shown strong bias in comparison to its ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop. I agree with the dissenting opinion by Justice Sotomayor and Ginsburg and the parallels they point out with Korematsu v. U.S., in which the federal government was given a pass to justify the exclusion of an entire group of people based on ‘an ill-defined national security threat.’

“Today, our current vetting system is capable and successful at weeding out threats, which is why immigrants and refugees from these countries have not been terrorists or criminals, but instead have settled peacefully and are contributing to our communities. Many of them fled war and violence only to find opportunity and peace here. That’s how our laws should work. But now, the Supreme Court has given license to Trump to continue labeling all Muslims as threats, denying them a chance at a better life, and encouraging xenophobia and isolating communities.

“This is an intentional strategy, along with his zero tolerance at the border and proposed changes to legal immigration to prevent non-whites from coming to this country. America cannot go down the path of prejudice again. It’s wrong morally and economically. That is why we must quickly pass H.R. 4271, a bill I introduced along with Senator Chris Murphy (CT) to block any federal funding for the implementation of this ban.”

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