ADC welcomes the decision by U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson in the case of Hawaii vs. Trump. Earlier this evening Judge Watson issued a Temporary Restraining Order, which immediately halts implementation of the Arab and Muslim Ban. The courts have once again served as a check and balance to an administration bent implementing discriminatory policies. Since its implementation in January the Arab and Muslim ban has had a direct effect on thousands of our community members worldwide. The ban has disrupted the lives of many people; it has prevented people from continuing their education, receiving needed medical treatment and uniting with their families. From the start this ban has been about one thing – fulfilling a campaign promise built on xenophobia and Islamophobia.
Moving forward the right thing for the Trump to do is rescind this order. Additionally, Trump must immediately stop trying to block immigrants and refugees from entering this country. Additionally, Trump must stop implementing discriminatory policies, which target individuals based on their national origin and religion. In fact, the court order made it clear – the intent of the administration is to implement a Muslim ban, just as Trump promised on the campaign trail. The Trump administration should recognize that no amount of edits or tweaks to the original executive order will undo the discriminatory intent behind this policy.
As a community we will continue to stand steadfast against the proposition and implementation of a ban. We will continue to stand against and do our part to resist the continue attack on immigrants by this administration.