The Muslim Ban has been green-lighted, ready to go into effect after a decision was reached by the Supreme Court on Dec. 4. Dissenting in a 7-2 vote, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor were the only judges that believed the ban should have been blocked. The ruling on the third version of the travel ban barring most citizens of Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea and Venezuela from entering the United States, is allowed to go into effect, pending legal challenges.
It is important to note that this is a preliminary measure while the case is still pending in the lower courts. Next week, Federal Appeals Court in San Francisco, Calif. and Richmond, Va. will hear arguments on the legality of the latest version of the Executive Order, which will most likely end up back at the Supreme Court.
While this ruling does not mean that the ban will no longer be challenged, legally, it does mean that the limitations of the ban can be Constitutionally implemented. This was a huge win for the White House, which was “not surprised” according to spokesman Hogan Gidley.
However, the ruling does come as a surprise for many who have worked to challenge the Muslim Ban since it’s announcement on Jan. 27 earlier this year. For almost one year, the ban has mobilized mass protests and acts of civil resistance, and faced challenges from lower courts in the United States, with Federal Judges from Maryland and Hawaii blocking the most recent version of the ban in October. The United Nations has slammed the administration for discriminating and further stigmatizing Muslims, and shirking on its international obligations.
While iterations of the ban have been revised at the request of courts, the ban remains a Muslim Ban at its core, with the president systematically and meticulously espousing anti-Muslim hatred that began on his campaign trail. ACLU lawyer, Omar Jadwat, stated reiterated, “President Trump’s anti-Muslim prejudice is no secret – he has repeatedly confirmed it, including just last week on Twitter,” referring to a series of video re-tweets from the President that he shared from a far-right British hate group just last week.
For more Muslim Girl coverage of the Muslim Travel Ban, from its inception in last January until now, check out the following: