Statement on Today’s Supreme Court Decision Re: Trump Travel Ban

Hasan Shafiqullah, Attorney-In-Charge of the Immigration Law Unit at The Legal Aid Society, issued the following statement today responding to the Supreme Court’s rejection of the Trump Administration’s effort to apply the President’s travel ban to foreign nationals who have extended family members living in the U.S.

“Common sense prevailed today with the Supreme Court’s ruling affirming that those with grandparents, aunts and uncles, and other relatives in the United States should not be kept away from their family. These are bona fide relationships, and the White House’s relentless attempts to say otherwise is meritless and consistent with their xenophobic agenda against immigrants.

On the other hand, we’re disappointed that the Court stayed the portion of the lower court’s order clarifying that refugees with a relationship with resettlement agencies in the U.S. would qualify for an exemption to the ban.

We hope the Court will strike down the ban its entirety after hearing oral arguments this October. President Trump’s past comments make clear that the ban was born of unconstitutional animus against Muslims, and it must not be allowed to stand.”