Statement on the Supreme Court’s Partial Reinstatement of the Muslim Ban

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In a deeply disturbing development, the Supreme Court today has partially reinstated President Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban.

Trump’s March executive order barring individuals from six Muslim majority countries for 90 days and suspending the US refugee program for 120 days is, just like its predecessor, rooted in animus towards Muslims and without basis in any legitimate national security concern.

While we hope the Supreme Court will decide to put an end to Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban once and for all, when it decides the case in the next session, the Court’s partial reinstatement of the ban deprives individuals of basic civil liberties and human rights. Any second that any part of this ban is allowed is remain the law of the land constitutes an irreparable harm. Given that both the Ninth and Fourth Circuit had sustained injunctions against the ban, there was no reason for it be reinstated in any part.

Defending Rights & Dissent has opposed state-sponsored Islamophobia since well before Donald Trump was president. We recognize that Trump’s executive order can only be understood in a larger historical context of state-sponsored Islamophobia.

We will continued to oppose Trump’s executive order and all state sponsored Islamophobia. We recognize that the early defeats of Trump’s Muslim Ban came only on the back of popular mobilizations, during which people took their streets–and their local airports–to express their opposition. Continued grassroots pressure is necessary to defeat Trump’s Muslim Ban once and for all.