WASHINGTON, DC — The following is a statement from Muslim Advocates Executive Director Farhana Khera issued today on the first anniversary of the day that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s Muslim Ban and on the day of the first Democratic primary debate in the 2020 election season:
“One year ago today, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s cruel, bigoted Muslim Ban in Trump v. Hawaii, a decision that stands alongside the likes of Plessy v. Ferguson and Korematsu v. United States as one of the most shameful in Supreme Court history. As candidates take the stage tonight for the first presidential primary debate, Muslim Advocates calls on all candidates to commit to correcting this profound injustice by pledging to end the Muslim Ban. We’ve long called for President Trump to end this destructive policy and are now calling on all presidential candidates to commit to do the same if they are elected.
Muslim Advocates remains on the front lines of this battle, fighting in the courts and in Congress to end the Muslim Ban and ensure that our nation lives up to the Constitution’s guarantee that no person be discriminated against because of their faith. Right now, judges are hearing cases like IAAB v. Trump and Emami v. Nielsenthat raise serious questions about the legality of the Muslim Ban. Meanwhile, Congress has introduced the NO BAN Act, a historic civil rights bill that would end this destructive policy and ensure that no president will ever again ban an entire religious group without needed accountability.
Families remain needlessly separated—missing weddings, graduations and even the final days of their loved ones’ lives—and the sick are deprived of necessary medical care all because the president seeks to demonize Muslims for political gain. President Trump or a newly elected president can immediately end this bigoted policy by rescinding the executive actions setting forth this policy. He or she can also ensure that no president enacts a bigoted policy targeting immigrants again by signing the NO BAN Act into law. As the 2020 presidential campaign season begins, all presidential contenders must reject this hate and division by forcefully pledging to end the Muslim Ban and support passage of the NO BAN Act.”
Muslim Advocates is a national civil rights organization working in the courts, in the halls of power and in communities to halt bigotry in its tracks. We ensure that American Muslims have a seat at the table with expert representation so that all Americans may live free from hate and discrimination.