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Banning Muslims is Wrong; Ruling Leaves Door Open for Increased Bigotry and Intolerance

Washington – Today, in a 5-4 ruling, the United States Supreme Court ruled to continue this administration’s Muslim Ban, paving the way for more discrimination, bigotry and intolerance against Muslims and communities of color. Advancement Project’s national office, a racial justice organization, released the following statement.

“The white supremacist streak amplified and championed by the current presidential administration in tweets and speeches lays bare what the Muslim ban is about,” said Judith Browne Dianis, Executive Director of Advancement Project’s national office. “Much like its approach to ‘public safety,’ for this administration the Muslim Ban was never about safety. It is about animating the far-right, including white supremacists and nationalists. While the president partly embraces a mantra of governing by chaos, one constant in his administration has been handing over the structures and platforms of government to white supremacist interests and pursuing a racial purge.”

“The Supreme Court has endorsed fear mongering and racism by upholding the Muslim Ban,” said Losmin Jiménez, Project Director and Senior Attorney for Immigrant Justice at Advancement Project’s national office. “Allowing the Muslim ban to remain sets a deeply disturbing precedent and opens the door to more blatant discrimination against people based on their race, religion, ethnicity or country of origin. As we said right at the onset of the current administration, this is a moment for our movement to show up in solidarity and fight back.”

Muslims are just one of the communities under attack by this administration. The president and his administration instituted Muslim Ban, encouraged violence against Black people, called murderous white supremacists “very fine people,” ended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), decimated temporary protected status (TPS), gutted asylum protections, criminalize Black people and other communities of color, and more.

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Advancement Project is a multi-racial civil rights organization. Founded by a team of veteran civil rights lawyers in 1999, Advancement Project was created to develop and inspire community-based solutions based on the same high-quality legal analysis and public education campaigns that produced the landmark civil rights victories of earlier eras.

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