Barrage of White Supremacist Policies Continues with Latest Muslim Ban, states SAALT

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Suman Raghu­nathan, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT), issued the fol­low­ing state­ment in response to the Trump administration’s announce­ment of a renewed and more exten­sive “Mus­lim Ban” on the day of the expi­ra­tion of the wide­ly crit­i­cized exec­u­tive order:

“No one inside or out­side of the Unit­ed States should be tar­get­ed based upon their skin col­or, their faith, or their nation­al ori­gin. Yes­ter­day’s deci­sion by the Trump admin­is­tra­tion to renew and expand on the ‘Mus­lim Ban’ will indef­i­nite­ly legal­ize and expand gov­ern­ment sanc­tioned dis­crim­i­na­tion against mil­lions. This uncon­scionable order now tar­gets eight coun­tries, includ­ing some with­out Mus­lim major­i­ty pop­u­la­tions; how­ev­er this does not change the racial ani­mus and dis­crim­i­na­to­ry intent of the orig­i­nal Mus­lim ban; it sim­ply widens the net of exclu­sion, a hall­mark sig­na­ture of this admin­is­tra­tion.”

“Can­di­date Trump called for a ‘Mus­lim Ban’ and Pres­i­dent Trump has wast­ed lit­tle time in his tenure to trans­form that ugly rhetoric into tox­ic poli­cies that betray our core Amer­i­can val­ues of equal­i­ty and jus­tice, while con­tribut­ing noth­ing to nation­al secu­ri­ty. This admin­is­tra­tion con­tin­ues its legal gym­nas­tics every time the ‘Mus­lim Ban’ is set to be heard before a court—proof pos­i­tive of the fun­da­men­tal­ly uncon­sti­tu­tion­al nature of the pol­i­cy itself. The President’s rejec­tion of the Depart­ment of Home­land Security’s report con­clud­ing that the ‘Mus­lim Ban’ has no secu­ri­ty val­ue what­so­ev­er reveals that our country’s safe­ty is not a pri­or­i­ty for the Pres­i­dent. The administration’s reck­less and dan­ger­ous poli­cies are cov­ered with the fin­ger­prints of white suprema­cy and xeno­pho­bia and noth­ing more.”

“The President’s poli­cies have had dead­ly con­se­quences. SAALT has doc­u­ment­ed over 160 inci­dents of hate vio­lence aimed at South Asian, Mus­lim, Sikh, Hin­du, Arab, and Mid­dle East­ern Amer­i­cans since the 2016 elec­tions. Dan­ger­ous white suprema­cists and hate groups—encouraged and embold­ened by the White House—have tar­get­ed our com­mu­ni­ties at his­toric rates that rival the after­math of the Sep­tem­ber 11 attacks.”

“The lat­est ban, along with the administration’s numer­ous anti-immi­grant, anti-Mus­lim poli­cies such as the recent deci­sion to ter­mi­nate DACA, are designed to sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly reject Amer­i­cans of par­tic­u­lar faith, nation­al ori­gin, and immi­gra­tion sta­tus. We will con­tin­ue to stand up for every­one who is unfair­ly tar­get­ed by this administration’s divi­sive poli­cies, and we will con­tin­ue to reject any and all attempts to divide our coun­try and crim­i­nal­ize our com­mu­ni­ties.”

South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT) is a nation­al, non­par­ti­san, non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that fights for racial jus­tice and advo­cates for the civ­il rights of all South Asians in the Unit­ed States. Our ulti­mate vision is dig­ni­ty and full inclu­sion for all.

CONTACT: Vivek Trive­di – vivek@saalt.org