U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Trump v. Hawaii [PDF]

June 26, 2018

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The White House
June 26, 2018

 Statement from the President Regarding Supreme Court Ruling

Today’s Supreme Court ruling is a tremendous victory for the American People and the Constitution.  The Supreme Court has upheld the clear authority of the President to defend the national security of the United States.  In this era of worldwide terrorism and extremist movements bent on harming innocent civilians, we must properly vet those coming into our country.  This ruling is also a moment of profound vindication following months of hysterical commentary from the media and Democratic politicians who refuse to do what it takes to secure our border and our country.  As long as I am President, I will defend the sovereignty, safety, and security of the American People, and fight for an immigration system that serves the national interests of the United States and its citizens.  Our country will always be safe, secure, and protected on my watch.



Americans for Limited Government
June 26, 2018

Supreme Court affirms executive branch power to secure borders

June 26, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising the Supreme Court's decision in Trump v. Hawaii: 

"The President of the United States regardless of party has an absolute constitutional duty to protect the American people, and federal law is clear that the President can shut down travel to and from any country. The Supreme Court today affirmed this common-sense principle and allowed President Trump's executive order to take effect. It is extremely important to note that the Court found that the executive order was related to threat assessments and not religious considerations. The Supreme Court in affirming the executive branch's responsibility to protect our nation's borders and ports of entry ensures that future presidents will be able to take action quickly in the face of a national emergency."

To view online: https://getliberty.org/2018/06/supreme-court-affirms-executive-branch-power-to-secure-borders/

American Civil Liberties Union
June 26, 2018


WASHINGTON — In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court has upheld the Trump administration’s third Muslim ban. The American Civil Liberties Union and partner organizations have challenged every version of the ban. Like previous versions, this one blocks immigrants and temporary visitors from several Muslim-majority countries.

Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, had this reaction to today’s decision:

“This ruling will go down in history as one of the Supreme Court’s great failures. It repeats the mistakes of the Korematsu decision upholding Japanese-American imprisonment and swallows wholesale government lawyers’ flimsy national security excuse for the ban instead of taking seriously the president’s own explanation for his action. 

“It is ultimately the people of this country who will determine its character and future. The court failed today, and so the public is needed more than ever. We must make it crystal clear to our elected representatives: If you are not taking actions to rescind and dismantle Trump’s Muslim ban, you are not upholding this country’s most basic principles of freedom and equality.”

International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Maryland, National Immigration Law Center, and the International Refugee Assistance Project, on behalf of HIAS, IRAP, the Middle East Studies Association, Yemeni American Merchants Association, and the Arab American Association of New York.

MEDIA CALL TODAY AT NOON ET: The groups will hold a press call to discuss the ruling.  Dial-In: 877-260-1479 Passcode: 7008852

The ruling is at: https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/international-refugee-assistance-project-v-trump-supreme-court-opinion

More information is at: https://www.aclu.org/cases/international-refugee-assistance-project-v-trump

International Refugee Assistance Project at the Urban Justice Center
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                     
June 26, 2018
Henrike Dessaules


(New York, NY) – Today, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in the landmark case, Trump v. Hawaii, which challenges the President’s Muslim ban as unlawful and discriminatory. In their decision, five of the nine Judges sided with the government that the President was within his rights to ban people from certain nations from entering the country. The other four Judges dissented on the grounds that “the Proclamation was motivated by hostility and animus toward the Muslim faith.”

In fact, Justice Sotomayor wrote in her dissent: “The President’s statements, which the majority utterly fails to address in its legal analysis, strongly support the conclusion that the Proclamation was issued to express hostility toward Muslims and exclude them from the country.”

This is not the first time in history that the highest court has made the wrong decision. Allowing the Muslim ban to remain in effect will prevent thousands of people from reuniting with family, taking up studies or a job, or seeking medical treatment that would not be available to them otherwise. Beyond the effects on individuals, however, the Supreme Court decision will have far-reaching and devastating consequences.

IRAP’s Director, Becca Heller, stated:
“The decision from the Supreme Court is absolutely devastating, not only for Muslims, who are the primary target of this shameful ban, but for everyone who believes in the freedom of religion. Trump, throughout his campaign and presidency, has vilified Muslims and made his intentions clear that the Muslim ban was designed to keep them out. This decision will embolden him even more to discriminate against everyone his administration deems undesirable, as we have seen in recent weeks.”

“It is deeply tragic and ironic that the Supreme Court made their decision on this same day, on which, in 1963, President Kennedy gave his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech to protest the erection of the Berlin Wall, which prevented East Germans from fleeing an oppressive regime and reuniting with family members. With this decision, we are effectively closing our door to millions of people, and allowing history to repeat itself,” she added.

This decision will have a direct impact on IRAP v. Trump, a similar case filed by the International Refugee Assistance Project and others on behalf of affected individual and organizational plaintiffs.

IRAP vows to keep fighting the Muslim ban and its damaging consequences, both in the court of law and in the court of public opinion, which have overwhelmingly rejected this un-American policy.
To view the press release,  click here.

People for the American Way
Contact: Drew Courtney at People For the American Way

PFAW Statement on Muslim Ban Ruling: A Shameful Endorsement of Religious Bigotry 

In response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Trump v. Hawaii, upholding President Trump’s Muslim Ban, People For the American Way President Michael Keegan issued the following statement:
“Today’s decision is a shameful endorsement of religious bigotry and a total abdication of the Supreme Court’s responsibility to act as a guardian for the rights and freedoms of all Americans. There’s simply no question that Donald Trump’s order did exactly what he promised on the campaign trail and after taking office: it specifically targeted individuals based on their religion. This decision is a gross violation of the First Amendment and makes a mockery of the court’s commitment to religious freedom.

“We should be clear: American Muslims are part of our communities and our country. No matter what bigots in the White House may say—and narrow-minded elitists at the Supreme Court may co-sign—Muslims have the same constitutional right to religious freedom as any other American. It’s up to Americans regardless of religion to make clear that this decision is as dangerous and as wrong as Trump’s ban itself.

“In November, every American who cares about the Constitution needs to show up at the polls to throw out elected officials who won’t stand up to Trump’s hateful, unconstitutional, un-American Muslim ban. The future of our country depends on it.”
People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.


United We Dream
Thursday, June 26, 2018
Media Contacts: 
Bruna Bouhid
Sheridan Aguirre

Shameful!  Conservatives on Supreme Court Allow Anti-Immigrant Muslim Ban

Washington, D.C. — In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court today allowed the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant Muslim Ban to remain in place. This endorsement of Islamophobia by Republican justices is shameful.
Sanaa Abrar, Policy and Advocacy Manager at United We Dream, issued the following statement: 
“By upholding the Muslim Ban, the Supreme Court has approved one of the many ways President Trump is waging open war on immigrant families.  
"Since taking office, the Trump administration has shown time and again that they are pursuing  a wide-ranging agenda of racism and bigotry - separating children from their families at the border, detaining and deporting immigrants, ending DACA and TPS, building up the deportation force, and of course, banning immigrants and refugees on the basis of their religion. 
"Today’s ruling will go down as one of the worst and outrageous Supreme Court decisions in U.S. history, akin to racist rulings in American history that have led to the internment of Japanese Americans and the enslavement and dehumanization of Black Americans.
"As an immigrant, as a woman, and as a Muslim, I call on all people of principle to rise up and resist. We are #HeretoStay and organizing to win - Trump may want us to retreat in fear but we #StandWithMuslims and say #NoMuslimBanEver!”