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Ruled Constitutional, Travel Ban Still Defies American Values

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court has upheld the third version of President Trump’s executive order banning people from seven countries, five of which are Muslim-majority, from entering the U.S. The ban had previously been allowed to go into effect temporarily while legal challenges played out in the courts.

The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum:

“Just because something is constitutional doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. From the early days of his campaign, the president has advanced an agenda seeking to close America off from the world. By separating families at the border, reducing legal immigration, and ordering a travel ban, now validated by the Supreme Court, this administration has executed this agenda with ruthless efficiency.

“The long-term consequences to our economy, our security, and what it means to be American are dire. Closing our doors to people based on country of origin is bad for business, counterproductive to national security and at odds with the values we hold dear as a nation.

“Despite the administration’s continued efforts to close America off to the rest of the world, more Americans than ever value immigrants and immigration to our nation. Now is the time for Americans across the political spectrum and across the country to unite around a constructive approach. This isn’t a Republican or Democratic issue. It is an American one.

“How we communicate and execute new security measures sends an important message to the rest of the world. Is fear over freedom really the message we want to send?”

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