SAALT Applauds Two Orders by Federal Courts Blocking Muslim Ban 3.0


In response to orders by Judge Der­rick Wat­son of Hawaii and Judge Theodore Chuang of Mary­land tem­porar­i­ly block­ing imple­men­ta­tion of the Trump administration’s third attempt at a Mus­lim Ban, Suman Raghu­nathan, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT), released the fol­low­ing state­ment:

“SAALT applauds the deci­sions by Judge Der­rick Wat­son of Hawaii and Judge Theodore Chuang of Mary­land to block this administration’s lat­est attempt at a Mus­lim Ban. The high­est ideals of our coun­try are root­ed in the free­dom to exist with­out fear of gov­ern­ment per­se­cu­tion. Between the two orders, the courts have pro­claimed that the admin­is­tra­tion over­stepped its author­i­ty in issu­ing a ban that ‘plain­ly dis­crim­i­nates based on nation­al­i­ty’ con­trary to the ‘found­ing prin­ci­ples of this Nation’ and that the Pres­i­den­t’s own words on the cam­paign trail and on social media demon­strate this ban was explic­it­ly intend­ed to tar­get Mus­lims.

The admin­is­tra­tion has labored through­out the last 9 months to imple­ment a ban that could with­stand judi­cial scruti­ny, but the courts have not been con­vinced, stat­ing vig­or­ous­ly that this lat­est ban reflects the same dis­crim­i­na­to­ry intent as the two pre­vi­ous bans. These bans cod­i­fy big­otry and xeno­pho­bia and are out of sync with our Con­sti­tu­tion and our nation’s val­ues.

Hate vio­lence has sky­rock­et­ed dur­ing the Pres­i­den­t’s tenure in the White House, with white suprema­cist hate groups embold­ened and encour­aged by poli­cies that demo­nize and paint our com­mu­ni­ties with sus­pi­cion. SAALT has doc­u­ment­ed over 184 inci­dents of hate vio­lence aimed at South Asian, Mus­lim, Sikh, Hin­du, Arab, and Mid­dle East­ern Amer­i­cans since the pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, fig­ures rival­ing the after­math of the Sep­tem­ber 11 attacks.

As this admin­is­tra­tion con­tin­ues to pur­sue its dis­crim­i­na­to­ry poli­cies, we’ve seen that our com­mu­ni­ties can­not rely sole­ly on the courts to deliv­er jus­tice. We are stronger when we stand togeth­er. Today SAALT and our nation­al part­ners have tak­en to the streets nation­wide in sup­port of the #NoMus­lim­Ban­Ev­er cam­paign to demand dig­ni­ty and full inclu­sion for our com­mu­ni­ties and all Amer­i­cans. SAALT, along­side our part­ners, allies, and com­mu­ni­ties will con­tin­ue to hold the line until jus­tice is served for all.”

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