CAIR In Sacto Denounces SCOTUS Travel Ban Ruling

The Sacramento chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is denouncing Tuesday's United States Supreme Court ruling on the Trump travel ban for certain Muslim dominated countries.  In a news conference Basim Elkarra with CAIR said, "the Supreme Court turned a blind eye to the Trump administration's blatant bigotry."

"This decision green lights religious and ethnic discrimination that runs counter to the inclusionary principles that our country aspires to," added Elkarra.  "Rather than reinforcing the notion that America welcomes people regardless of where they were born, what they look like, or how they pray, the Supreme Court upheld a ban driven by anti-Muslim sentiment that devalues equality."  He said history will judge America harshly.  "The court has been wrong on major decisions before, and Robert's court joins that sad legacy today."

Elkarra compared the Muslim ban ruling to the Dred Scott case heard by the U-S Supreme Court just prior to the start of the American Civil War of the 1860s.  In that ruling the high court said no black person, whether they were free or a slave, could claim U-S citizenship, and therefore could not petition the court for freedom.

The ruling was also likened to the 1944 U-S Supreme Court ruling which upheld the presidential order to place Japanese-Americans in internment camps.

Elkarra insisted that CAIR will continue to fight theTrump administration policies regarding immigration. 

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