For Immediate Release:
The Muslim Bar Association of New York is deeply disappointed in the decision of the Supreme Court to allow parts of President Trump’s travel ban to go into effect. While the Court’s decision purports to limit the ban’s current applicability to foreign nationals lacking any “bona fide relationship with any person or entity in the United States,” the lack of clear enforcement guidance both in the decision itself and on the ground at airports around the country, leaves the constitutional freedoms of some our community’s most vulnerable members at risk. Perhaps most troubling is the Court’s treatment of refugees, who are most likely to lack the requisite connection to the United States.
We look to the Department of Homeland Security to provide clarity to travelers both domestic and abroad, and ensure that those charged with enforcement, including consular officers and border agents, are held accountable for the type of constitutional violations which were rampant with respect to the first Executive Order and are likely to occur again now. Moreover, we, along with our allies in the legal community will, through all lawful means necessary, hold the Justice Department to its stated promise to implement the ban “professionally, with clear and sufficient public notice, particularly to potentially affected travelers, and in coordination with partners in the travel industry.”
While we believe that the Court’s decision lays the groundwork for more confusion and delay, we look forward to the oral arguments scheduled for this fall and are confident that the Court will more appropriately balance the various factors for consideration in reaching a decision that will have the potential to reshape the course of American history.
MuBANY remains fearlessly committed to fighting injustice, alongside our brothers and sisters in the greater immigrant and minority communities from which we stem and which we serve. We commend you all and thank you for your unwavering support, in your communities, at your airports, and in your day-to-day work.