SAALT Responds to SCOTUS Decision to Reinstate Muslim Ban


South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT) is deeply dis­ap­point­ed in the Supreme Court’s deci­sion to allow full imple­men­ta­tion of “Mus­lim Ban 3.0″ dur­ing the appeals process. In response, Suman Raghu­nathan, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of SAALT, released the fol­low­ing state­ment:

“No one should be dis­crim­i­nat­ed against on the basis of how they look, how they choose to pray, or their coun­try of ori­gin. ‘Mus­lim Ban 3.0’ remains rep­re­hen­si­ble at its core and dis­crim­i­na­to­ry in its intent. While the Supreme Court did not rule on the mer­its of the ‘Mus­lim Ban,’ court after court has con­sis­tent­ly reject­ed it as out­right dis­crim­i­na­tion and a threat to our most fun­da­men­tal con­sti­tu­tion­al pro­tec­tions.

The third ver­sion of the ‘Mus­lim Ban’ will only con­tribute to a wors­en­ing cli­mate of hate aimed at our com­mu­ni­ties. The Supreme Court’s deci­sion comes on the heels of the Pres­i­dent tweet­ing incen­di­ary and irre­spon­si­ble anti-Mus­lim videos last week, posts applaud­ed by white suprema­cists such as David Duke and denounced by the British Prime Min­is­ter and civ­il rights orga­ni­za­tions.

Anti-Mus­lim poli­cies and rhetoric con­tin­ue to have dead­ly con­se­quences. The FBI’s 2016 hate crimes sta­tis­tics reveal that assaults against Mus­lims have sur­passed lev­els reached in the after­math of the 9/11 attacks. Since the elec­tion, SAALT has doc­u­ment­ed over 205 inci­dents of hate vio­lence aimed at South Asian, Mus­lim, Sikh, Hin­du, Arab, and Mid­dle East­ern Amer­i­cans, a 58% increase from the year pri­or. Due to a mas­sive under­re­port­ing of hate crimes, we know this is just a frac­tion of the attacks our com­mu­ni­ties expe­ri­ence reg­u­lar­ly.

We will not remain silent in the face of these divi­sive and un-Amer­i­can poli­cies. Our com­mu­ni­ties will stand unit­ed at air­ports, march­es, and in the courts. The major­i­ty of Amer­i­cans are against the ‘Mus­lim Ban’ and we will con­tin­ue to sound the alarm against poli­cies that drag our coun­try back­wards. To form a more per­fect union, we must begin by stand­ing against the ‘Mus­lim Ban.’”

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.

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