NEW YORK, NY - In response to breaking news that the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the preliminary injunction, allowing full enforcement of Trump’s ban on travel from eight nations, six of which are mostly Muslim-majority, while legal challenges proceed through the lower courts, the New York Immigration Coalition Executive Director, Steven Choi, issued the following statement:
"It is entirely unacceptable and un-American to discriminate against people based on race or religion. Allowing the full enforcement of the Muslim ban will not make this country safer or greater. Nearly a year after we rallied at JFK in response to the first Muslim ban, we will continue to fight Trump’s plan to turn bigotry into policy and resist this latest assault on our liberties just as we have every day since Trump took office."
The NYIC has been leading the fight against the Muslim Ban since January, when the first Executive Order came out, with the #NoBanJFK movement, and assisting travelers from over 20 countries and organizing hundreds of lawyers and volunteers. The protests at JFK sparked actions across the nation, including a rally held in Battery Park the next day, which drew over 30,000 people. In July, the NYIC was back out at JFK to monitor the situation and provide legal assistance if necessary.
On September 24, the third iteration of the travel ban included Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, Somalia, six out of the eight countries are Muslim-majority nations.
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