Washington, DC – The following is a statement from Sirine Shebaya, senior staff attorney for Muslim Advocates, in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to grant cert and hear Hawaii v. Trump, one of several cases questioning the legality and constitutionality of President Trump’s latest Muslim ban. Muslim Advocates is currently awaiting a decision in IAAB v. Trump following a recent court date with the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
“The Supreme Court’s decision to hear Hawaii v. Trump recognizes the historic significance of this case and its critical importance to all Americans.
As numerous courts have found, President Trump’s Muslim ban, in each of its iterations, drips with anti-Muslim animus. It categorically bans millions of Muslims from traveling to the United States, undermines our values, and serves no rational purpose.
Since the ban went fully into effect in early December, families and loved ones have been separated, refugees have been stranded in dangerous circumstances, and people have been denied countless opportunities to work, travel, study, and seek medical care.
We hope that when the Supreme Court considers this, it will join the many lower courts in their resounding rejection of the Muslim ban and reaffirmation of the bedrock constitutional promise of freedom from religious discrimination.”
Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths.