ECAASU Condemns United States Supreme Court’s Decision To Uphold Travel Ban 3.0

Official Statement
July 4, 2018

Press Contact: 
Miru Osuga 

ECAASU Condemns United States Supreme Court’s Decision To Uphold Travel Ban 3.0

The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) condemns the United States Supreme Court’s xenophobic decision to uphold President Trump’s third travel ban. In a 5-4 decision, the Court affirmed the restriction of travelers from five predominantly Muslim majority countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen) from entering the United States. The travel ban also blocks the entry of North Korean travelers and some Venezuelan government officials and their families.

This decision was the latest in a series of Islamophobic actions taken by the Trump Administration. Last year, ECAASU spoke out against Trump’s original executive orders that enacted the Muslim travel ban. This latest decision to validate the travel ban harkens back to our government’s history of racist immigration policy, echoing such laws as the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. It also summons memories of other racist executive orders like President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans in 1942. Then, when the order was challenged in the court case Korematsu v. United States, the Supreme Court ruled that the forced internment of Japanese Americans was permitted for reasons of national security.

The hypocrisy now is not lost on us when in the same breath, this Supreme Court decision overturns the Korematsu ruling, yet justifies this xenophobic travel ban using the same pretense of national security. 

We stand by Justice Sotomayor and Ginsburg in their dissent when they write: “The majority holds otherwise by ignoring the facts, misconstruing our legal precedent, and turning a blind eye to the pain and suffering the Proclamation inflicts upon countless families and individuals, many of whom are United States citizens.” This fight does not end with the Supreme Court’s decision. Supreme Court Justice Kennedy’s retirement announcement last week means that there is a clear opportunity for action and justice come November. We continue to stand with our Muslim communities and call for a Supreme Court Justice nominee who will be in accompliceship as well. 

#NoMuslimBanEver #StandwithMuslims

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Further Resources and Actions: 

Justice for Muslims Collective

National Immigration Law Center/South Asian Americans Leading Together

Read Karen Korematsu’s “How the Supreme Court Replaced One Injustice With Another

View the statement as a pdf here.