The Supreme Court granted the Trump administration’s request to enforce the latest version of the president’s “Muslim ban,” which restricts entry to the United States for nationals of eight countries, six of which are mostly Muslim.
The order is currently facing legal challenges in Hawaii and Maryland, where federal judges blocked the ban from going into effect in October. But yesterday’s (December 4) SCOTUS decision allows the federal government to lock out most citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Somalia and Yemen, plus some government officials and their families from Venezuela.
The Court issued two unsigned orders that stay the judges’ decisions, allowing the travel ban to proceed while the cases wind through the lower courts. There is no explanation of the decision, but both orders include the following line: “Justice Ginsburg and Justice Sotomayor would deny the application.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions told press that the order was “a substantial victory for the safety and security of the American people,” per The New York Times. But immigrant advocates and Twitter users of color did not share that sentiment.
Last week the US President shared anti-Muslim hate videos.Today the Supreme Court approved the Muslim ban.This is how hate gets normalized.We must all resist together.#NoMuslimBanEver— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) December 4, 2017
Dear America,Just because something is legal doesn’t make it right.Do you know what else was legal?- Slavery- Jim Crow- Japanese Internment#NoMuslimBanEver— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) December 4, 2017
This is not a ruling on the merits, and we continue our fight. We are at the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday to argue that the Muslim ban should ultimately be struck down. https://t.co/17CQDxpUhx— ACLU (@ACLU) December 4, 2017
SCOTUS turned its back on our Muslim communities today.It’s up to us to stay loud. It’s up to us to keep fighting back against Trump’s Islamophobia. It’s up to us to keep fighting back against Trump’s white supremacy.#NoMuslimBanEVER https://t.co/0rvIwKO5A9— Women’s March (@womensmarch) December 4, 2017
The #MuslimBan goes into effect again immediately. If you or someone you know is impacted, or worse, stuck at an airport today, we are on standby to help you. You can call CAIR at 408.986.9874.— Zahra Billoo (@ZahraBilloo) December 4, 2017
SAALT (@SAALTweets) December 5, 2017