Statement from The Legal Aid Society on U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Allow Parts of President Trump’s Travel Ban to Go Into Effect
MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

Adriene Holder, Attorney-In-Charge of the Civil Practice at The Legal Aid Society, released the following statement today following the United States Supreme Court’s decision to allow certain parts of President Trump’s travel to go into effect.

“We are deeply disappointed and strongly disagree with the Court’s ruling that upholds parts of a policy that has a clear foundation in racism and xenophobia. Our hearts ache for the local immigrant communities who have been increasingly marginalized and villainized since Donald Trump took office.

The ban's language on what constitutes a "bona fide relationship with any person or entity in the United States” is troublingly vague and we are concerned that the resulting confusion and uncertainty will be exploited by the federal government to deny vulnerable individuals entry into this country.

Similar to our response to the initial ban in January, our attorneys will be on call to assist any New Yorker impacted by this decision at local airports. We remain committed towards fighting against cruel policies promulgated by this White House that harm our clients and run counter to New York values.”