Daily News: Supreme Court’s Ruling on 'Vague' Trump Travel Ban May Spur Bias, New York Immigration Advocates Fear
TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

Civil Practice Head Adriene Holder spoke to the Daily News about yesterday's Supreme Court decision on the Trump travel ban and the law's vague language that could easily be exploited by the federal government to deny vulnerable immigrants entry into the United States.




NY Daily News
Supreme Court’s Ruling on 'Vague' Trump Travel Ban May Spur Bias, New York Immigration Advocates Fear
By Rahima Nasa, Fran Kilinski & Stephen Rex Brown
June 26, 2017

Advocates for immigrants in New York expressed dismay Monday at the Supreme Court’s order implementing parts of President Trump’s travel ban, saying it would sow discrimination against Muslims and chaos at airports.

Confusion abounded about exactly how travelers from six Muslim-majority nations could prove a “bona fide relationship” with a person or entity in the U.S., exempting them from the ban.

Ibraham al-Qatabi, 37, a legal worker for the Center for Constitutional Rights, said he’d received calls from Yemeni families panicking about the ban going into effect.

“The law is vague, and I don’t think it’s justified,” Qatabi said, adding it will “give the government a blank check to discriminate against people from those countries as much as they want.”

Adriene Holder, attorney-in-charge of the civil practice at the Legal Aid Society, said the executive order had a foundation based in racism and xenophobia.

“We are concerned that the resulting confusion and uncertainty will be exploited by the federal government to deny vulnerable individuals entry into this country,” Holder said.

Mayor de Blasio said he was disappointed in the Supreme Court’s ruling but held out hope it would issue a favorable decision.

“I am praying they will ultimately land on the side of justice and find it unconstitutional,” de Blasio said.

Protesters who said they were from an organization called "Refuse Facism" gathered in Columbus Circle in Manhattan around 5 p.m. Monday to show their outrage at the ruling.

"A lot of what we're seeing is analogous to Nazi Germany, not just in the Supreme Court, but in the country in general," said Jamel Mins, 31, who joined the group in December. "That's no exaggeration, no hyperbole; this is how fascism works."

Some pro-Trump supporters also showed up to exchange words -- and in one case a rap -- with the protesters.

Another protest rally is set for Tuesday at 4 p.m. outside Grand Central Terminal, a "Refuse Fascism" organizer said.



This article originally appeared in the NY Daily News.