Dear community members and friends,
On Monday the Supreme Court had made a decision on the pending 'Muslim Ban' cases. We understand there are many questions about what this means and how it impacts us. To those ends we have spent a large part of the morning reading the decision, speaking with colleagues and partners, and putting together some explanatory materials. Below you will find, CAIR National's statement on the decision as well as an advisory jointly prepared by CAIR-SFBA and Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus.
As always, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Statement from CAIR National
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
"Today's decision by the Supreme Court ignores the anti-Muslim bigotry that is at the heart of the travel ban executive orders and will inevitably embolden Islamophobes in the administration to expand efforts to target the Muslim community with unconstitutional and counterproductive policies. It also ignores the almost-unanimous rejection of the Muslim ban by lower courts due to its religious intolerance and racial animus.
"While the court continued blocking those parts of the Muslim ban that would prevent entry for anyone with a 'credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States,' it has opened the door to legal chaos and official overreach in embassies and at the border.
"We will work with our civil rights partners to offer a legal and legislative response as the Muslim ban moves forward on the ground and in the Supreme Court."
Awad said today's decision was particularly disturbing for American Muslims, coming as it does on the Islamic end-of-Ramadan holiday of Eid ul-Fitr.
What this Decision on the 'Muslim Ban' Mean
On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court partially changed the lower courts' decisions on the Muslim Ban 2.0 cases. The Supreme Court did three main things:
According to President Trump's June 14, 2017 memo, the Ban goes back into effect "72 hours after all applicable injunctions are lifted or stayed," which would be June 29, 2017, around 6:30 a.m. PST. This situation is evolving, so please check back with our organizations frequently to hear updates.
Who Is Now Affected by Muslim Ban 2.0?
Travel Restriction for Nationals of Six Countries
More Details on the Travel Restrictions
The Court has partially changed the lower courts' decisions on the travel restrictions. Visa holders are now divided into two categories: those who have a "bona fide relationship with a particular person or entity" in the U.S., and those who do not.
More Details on the Refugee Program
The Court has partially changed the lower courts' decisions on the Refugee Program restriction. Refugees are now divided into two categories: those who have a "bona fide relationship with a person or entity" in the U.S., and those who do not.
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