Court's Ruling on 'Grandma Ban' Fortunate, But Significant Issues Remain

Court's Ruling on 'Grandma Ban' Fortunate, But Significant Issues Remain

July 19, 2017

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Release Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017


New York – Following the Supreme Court’s order in the ‘Muslim ban’ case to expand the definition of what constitutes family members for the purpose of demonstrating a “bona fide relationship” with someone in the U.S., Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, released the following statement:

“While it’s fortunate that today the Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s irrational, appallingly narrow definition of what makes up a family, the Court’s original ruling allowing the overall Muslim ban to take effect before they issue a final ruling on the ban remains deeply offensive.

The Court’s decision to lift the injunction that blocked the Trump administration from implementing the ban opened the door to blatant religious discrimination. We stand with our friends in the Muslim community and we will continue to fight back against un-American travel restrictions -- because we believe no family should be divided by a #GrandmaBan.

As Americans and as Jews, we believe in a United States that welcomes the tired, the hungry, and the poor. We believe in a United States that does not tear apart families or practice religious discrimination. We hope the Supreme Court will put a stop to this un-American policy in its final ruling.”