US Supreme Court Ruling Will Increase Religious, Racial and Ethnic Profiling

Washington, DC.--The US Supreme Court ruled Monday to allow a partial lift of the legal injunction against President Donald J Trump’s proposed Muslim travel ban. The move will allow the federal government to turn back travelers from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen unless they have a visa or “a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” The language officially goes into effect on Thursday, June 29.

 

June 27, 2017

Washington, DC.--The US Supreme Court ruled Monday to allow a partial lift of the legal injunction against President Donald J Trump’s proposed Muslim travel ban. The move will allow the federal government to turn back travelers from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen unless they have a visa or “a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” The language officially goes into effect on Thursday, June 29.

Observers are still debating the move’s impact, as the Court directed that it “may not be enforced against foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States,” according to the ruling.

The court’s action also puts back into play the 120-day ban on US entry for all refugees without a valid visa, or without a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

The Supreme Court’s ruling will trigger more cases of profiling based on a person’s perceived religion, national origin, ethnicity, or racial identity. It is against our constitution and will create a bureaucratic nightmare. It is against our core American values.

We should learn from history and not allow religious, racial, and ethnic discrimination to be accepted as law. We believe the United States has a moral obligation to protect refugees. Turning our backs on women and children will result in unnecessary suffering.

Unite Oregon Executive Director Kayse Jama said this today in response to the ruling:

“We will continue to push this issue, and we look forward to the Supreme Court’s deliberations. While we are disappointed in today’s announcement, we will continue to fight.

“Our community is resilient, strong, and will continue to organize against racism and Islamophobia. We believe that at the end of the day we will prevail.

“Fear does not protect us.”

 

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