Defending Rights & Dissent strongly condemns the Supreme Court’s Trump v. Hawaii decision to uphold the third iteration of Trump’s Muslim Ban.
“In today’s disgraceful decision, the Supreme Court bowed to spurious claims of national security and upheld Trump’s racist Muslim Ban,” said Defending Rights and Dissent Executive Director, Sue Udry. “From the Bush Administration’s NSEERS*, through Obama’s CVE** program, to Trump’s Muslim ban, the executive branch has consistently used religion and/or national origin as a proxy for suspicion in the realm of national security, and has consistently used the excuse of national security to undermine civil rights and liberty.”
“Trump and his team have repeatedly made clear that hatred and bigotry is the animating factor behind his Muslim Ban. His intent could not be more obvious. By pretending that there is a neutral purpose for this ban, the Court has essentially announced it will turn a blind eye to blatantly discriminatory policies,” said Chip Gibbons, Defending Rights & Dissent Policy & Legislative Counsel.
Muslim Advocates has prepared a fact sheet:
* The National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) required non-immigrant men and boys from predominantly Arab and Muslim-majority countries to report to an immigration office to be photographed, fingerprinted and interviewed. Those targeted by the NSEERS program were only permitted to leave the United States from specialized ports. Failure to comply with the program often resulted in arrest and deportation. There were criminal and civil penalties associated with NSEERS, including arrest, detention, monetary fines and/or removal from the United States.
** CVE or Countering Violent Extremism programs target Muslim communities for surveillance and tasks community members such as teachers, religious leaders, healthcare professionals with monitoring and reporting to law enforcement the political and religious beliefs and practices of their students, parishioners, patients and neighbors.