On Saturday night, federal judges ruled that portions of President Trump’s immigration ban, which barred refugees from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., were unconstitutional. Those who had been detained due to the executive order must now be freed.
This is a good start. Donald Trump’s ban shows a flagrant and troubling disregard not only for human rights but also the law of our country. It must be rejected in its entirety.
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Wah! Trump’s ban is a violation of the Constitution’s Establishment Clause, which specifically prohibits the government from making laws that prefer one religion over another. Though the order does not target Muslims specifically in its contents, the fact that the seven countries in which visas are denied are primarily Islam-practicing make its discriminatory intent very evident.
Throughout his campaign Donald Trump repeatedly called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” and though he has since attempted to backpedal into the stance that the ban targets a specific region that “exports danger” rather than a specific ethnic or religious group, anyone paying attention to his vitriolic rhetoric can see right through this ruse, no matter how abstract the order’s language may be.
As the child of immigrants, I know full well the difficulties that people face coming into this country even without an illegal ban in place. I was happy to see that the judges made the right decision on Saturday. But the fight has only just begun. We must never stop calling President Trump out for his disregard of the law and the will of the American people.