As Supreme Court revives full travel ban, activists are poised to fight back

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration can fully enforce its travel ban on residents of six Muslim-majority countries while waiting for lower courts to rule on the ban’s legality.

In the hours after the ruling, from which Justice Ginsburg and Justice Sotomayor dissented, immigrant rights groups expressed dismay and a renewed willingness to fight back against Trump’s xenophobic and racist agenda.

“President Trump’s anti-Muslim prejudice is no secret — he has repeatedly confirmed it, including just last week on Twitter,” said Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. “It’s unfortunate that the full ban can move forward for now, but this order does not address the merits of our claims.”

In a letter sent to the Supreme Court on Monday, the ACLU argued that Trump’s recent retweeting of anti-Muslim videos was evidence of discriminatory intent in the travel ban.

The Supreme Court decision allows the third iteration of the travel ban, which restricts travel from eight countries in total, to continue until two federal appeals courts reach decisions on the legal merits of the ban. Previously, the ban had only been in partial effect, with those who could show certain personal and professional ties to the U.S. being exempt.

Twitter users began using the hashtag #NoMuslimBanEver to express resistance to the decision. The New York Immigration Coalition tweeted that it would immediately be reactivating a program of emergency legal services for travelers to JFK airport.

Other groups expressed a readiness to go beyond the court system to challenge travel restrictions by the Trump administration.

“The Supreme Court’s actions today are a good reminder that we can’t simply rely on the courts to address the Trump administration’s efforts to marginalize Muslims and other minorities,” said Gadeir Abbas, senior litigation attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “We must all do everything we can to oppose Muslim Ban 3.0.”

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