Allowing Parts of 'Muslim Ban' to Take Effect May "Unalterably Damage the Fabric of Our Society

Allowing Parts of 'Muslim Ban' to Take Effect May "Unalterably Damage the Fabric of Our Society

June 26, 2017

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Release Date: Monday, June 26, 2017


New York – Following the Supreme Court’s unusual decision to partially lift the injunction against President Trump’s revised ‘Muslim ban’ executive order, allowing a section of it to take effect before hearing the case in October, Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, released the following statement:

“This is a deeply harmful decision by the Supreme Court at a time when we are desperately in need of a strong, independent judicial check on the power of this president. We hope the decision to lift part of the injunction is not indicative of the final ruling the Court will hand down. Allowing any piece of this policy to go into effect before the Court conducts a full and robust consideration of its discriminatory intent and impact may unalterably damage the fabric of our society. At a minimum, because of the Court’s decision today, we will be betraying a fundamental American and Jewish value by turning away countless individuals who are seeking a better life in our nation, some of them fleeing life-threatening violence.

“This fight is not yet over. In the meantime, we are horrified that the Trump administration will be able to impose even part of its radical, hateful agenda on our nation. We look forward to filing an amicus brief in this case, as we have done at the lower court levels, and will be equally diligent in fighting back against other similar policies alongside our Muslim allies and all those threatened by Trump’s agenda.”