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STATEMENT: The Mexican American Bar Association of Los Angeles County Responds to the Supreme Court’s Decision in Trump v. Hawaii

The Mexican American Bar Association of Los Angeles County Responds to the Supreme Court’s Decision in Trump v. Hawaii

June 27, 2018

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Trump v. Hawaii, 585 U.S. ___ (2018) marks a disturbing and shameful development in our nation’s history. The Supreme Court was presented with the opportunity to rein in the president’s anti-Muslim Travel Ban, and it failed to answer the call. The decision draws comparisons to a time when the Supreme Court justified the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans during the dark history of WWII. Without a doubt, the Supreme Court’s decision is a substantial setback in our nation’s civil rights movement.

The decision sheds light on the president’s expansive power to exclude and target immigrants. The Supreme Court’s decision will no doubt embolden this administration’s racially motivated assault against the immigrant community. The president’s weaponizing of ICE and the use of military-style raids continues to terrorize communities. From the forcible separation of children from their parents at the border to the June 20 meatpacking raid in Ohio, leading to the arrest of almost 150 immigrants, this administration continues to show its contempt for humane immigration practices.

MABA applauds Justice Sotomayor’s dissent, where she cites countless anti-Muslim remarks by President Trump and casts them exactly for what they are: “an unrelenting attack on the Muslim religion and its followers.” Unfortunately, despite the vigorous dissent, it is clear that we cannot rely on the Supreme Court to check this administration’s bigoted policies. As the Muslim Ban now goes back to the lower courts, we stand with the plaintiffs and advocates who will continue the fight.

This Supreme Court decision exposes the worst xenophobic aspects of our society, and MABA unequivocally renounces the historic precedent it sets for future generations. We urge our community to join together in continued opposition to the Muslim Ban and an unequivocal demand for humane immigration policies. It is up to us to turn the tide.