High court upholds Muslim ban

Local organizations are disappointed with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Trump’s travel ban, also known as the Muslim ban.

“The Court’s decision allows the government to continue policies that inflict pain and suffering on families and individuals,” said Imad Hamad, executive director of the American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) “While we respect the Court’s authority, we will continue to fight and advocate with the other two branches of government for respect of human rights.”

The decision was announced amidst uproar related to the immigration laws, policies and regulations pertaining to separating families at the border. The Court’s 5-4 decision validates candidate Trump’s divisive rhetoric demonizing Islam and Muslims, Hamad said.

Separating families at the border was legal but it did not make it ethical, moral or consistent with American values. Similarly, the Muslim ban is determined by the Court to be legal but that does not make it moral, ethical or consistent with American values. The law is a minimal standard for decency and fair play.

“We lost a battle, we did not lose the war,” said Hamad.

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