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CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn Discusses the Muslim Travel Ban Decision

CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn thinks America needs to keep up the good fight in the aftermath of the Muslim travel ban. “Out highest court ratified the lowest sort of bigotry,” he stated. “But history teaches us that this fight is far from over.” In 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that African Americans ‘had no right which the white man was bound to respect,’ and in 1944, they upheld the imprisonment of more than 120,000 Americans for their Japanese ancestry. Yesterday, with their decision to uphold the Trump administration’s travel ban, they’ve made an equally unjust decision. “The injustice of the Muslim ban would have been too extreme for the court to ignore if it had focused on the facts, but they focused on technicalities instead,” said Cahn. The ornate wording sounds lovely, but underneath them is a crude truth: the court didn’t do its job, “We hear from heartbroken relatives of those trapped overseas. We hear from husbands and wives who cannot reunite with their spouses. We hear about desperate children of elderly parents who want medical treatment in the U.S., but are turned away. This ban is impacting the lives of your neighbors every single night.” Despite all this, the fight is not over and, just as with past Supreme Court decisions, people will fight to undo what has wrongfully been decided upon.
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