FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Muslim travel ban ruling will harm communities
June 26, 2018
Des Moines, Iowa â€” Monsoon Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity, an organization serving marginalized communities in Iowa affected by gender-based violence, is deeply disheartened by the U.S. Supreme Courtâ€™s decision on June 26, 2018, to uphold the Muslim travel ban, which has been in effect since December 2017.
Coming on the heels of the separation of immigrant families seeking protection on the U.S. border, Trump v. Hawaii can now target all the communities we serve because it affirms presidential discretion about which people may be allowed to enter the United States. The decision means that President Trump could add more countries to the list, which currently covers Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Libya, besides North Korea and Venezuela.
Thus the Supreme Court has given the green light to state-sanctioned xenophobia, racism and discrimination, abandoning justice in the same way it did with many rulings, from the Dred Scott case of 1857 through the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
Monsoon Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity will continue to advocate for peace and social change in all communities globally.