National CAPACD Condemns the Supreme Court Ruling on Muslim Ban

The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) condemns the Supreme Court decision to uphold the third version of the alleged “travel ban” as constitutional. Writing for the conservative majority, Chief Justice John Roberts stated that the latest version of the Muslim Ban, which restricts immigration from Iran, North Korea, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Venezuela, “is squarely within the scope of Presidential authority.” The decision comes during a time of heightened media attention to family separation that has led to public outrage and protests about ICE and CBP treatment of children of undocumented immigrants.

The Court’s decision today is a disappointment to advocates who have fought previous versions of the Muslim Ban. National CAPACD’s Executive Director Seema Agnani states “A Muslim Ban is simply un-American. It is a challenge to all of us who advocate and work for a just and humane immigration system in which the most underserved among us are prioritized. In the last few weeks, we have seen a surge in the level of community engagement and public outrage at the cruel practice of separating children from their immigrant parents. In the wake of today’s decision, let us extend our outrage and mobilize our communities so that we may fight for all of our immigrant community members. We must align our work around the shared American principles of inclusion and humanity, as we work to advance justice and equity in our immigration system.”

Despite the Supreme Court’s decision today, National CAPACD will continue to work with our members and partners to challenge unjust immigration policy.