NIAC Statement on Supreme Court Lifting
Injunctions on Muslim Ban
Washington, D.C. - Shayan Modarres, Legal Counsel for the National Iranian American Council, issued the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear the Muslim ban case and to lift key provisions of the freeze of the ban:
"Today's Supreme Court decision immediately places the status of many
Americans' families into question again. The Iranian-American community, Muslims
across America, and families directly impacted by the ban are now reliving the
chaotic days following the Muslim ban in January. Fears of the Trump
administration once again spreading chaos by triumphing in the courts and
reinstituting parts of its ban that has separated families have been realized.
"Congress has abdicated its duty - not a single hearing has been held on the Muslim ban and a vote on legislation in both chambers to rescind and defund the ban has been blocked. Congress should immediately act to vote on legislation to repeal the ban.
"While today's Supreme Court decision will drive the national conversation, the reality is that Donald Trump has been imposing a de facto Muslim ban through 'extreme vetting' for quite some time. Today's decision underscores the need for consistent and active grassroots engagement to resist and thwart this administration from accomplishing the goals of implementing a Muslim ban as official U.S. policy.
"The 'extreme vetting' policy was proposed by Trump's State Department and approved last month. It allows visa officials to demand from a subset of visa applicants travel documents and supporting financial documents for 15 years, social media handles and identifiers, and other information making it extremely onerous, if not impossible, for these applicants to be approved for visas. There is little doubt that nationals of the six countries targeted by the Muslim ban have been targeted with these new restrictions.
"In addition, visa applicants will also be subjected to an inter-agency reviews known as Security Advisory Opinions (SAO's) that greatly lengthens the visa process - so much so that visas issued to Iranians plummeted by 52% in April, while visas to Muslim countries are down 20% across the board.
"The Trump administration's new idea is to make it so hard on Iranians and Muslims to get a visa that visa officers will have the unrestricted discretion to reject visa applications for social media postings critical of Trump, or not being able to produce a 13-year-old domestic flight boarding pass. The president will stop at nothing to implement a Muslim ban, and until Congress decides to protect their constituents and our democracy, nothing will stop us from defending the constitution in court.
The National Iranian American Council issued a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request this month to the U.S. Department of State requesting records from visa-issuing posts overseas showing how the 'extreme vetting' proposal is being interpreted, implemented, and enforced, and how it is disproportionately affecting Iranians and Muslims"
Please see NIAC's fact sheet for key information about the Supreme Court's ruling.
PAAIA's Statement on Supreme Court's Travel Ban Decision
Source Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), June 26th, 2017
The decision allows the Executive Order's temporary ban of citizens from six Muslim-majority nations into the U.S., with an exception for those who can "credibly claim a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." The exemptions could include foreign nationals with close familial connections in the U.S., students who have been admitted to an American university, workers who accepted an offer of employment from an American company, or a lecturer invited to address an American audience.
PAAIA is concerned that the decision lacks sufficient guidance for the proper interpretation and implementation of the ruling by the Trump administration. Moreover, the court's decision is problematic for refugees who are unable to claim "a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States."
PAAIA is proud of the Iranian American community for standing up for civil rights and liberties, and we will remain vigilant in responding to measures that unfairly target our community. Along with several prominent Iranian American organizations, PAAIA filed a joint action lawsuit in federal court to stop the ban. We will continue to work tirelessly with our coalition partners to ensure liberties and freedom are granted to all American citizens.
PAAIA wants to hear from you! It is important for us to know how the Trump administration is implementing this decision. If you or someone you know has or continues to experience travel restrictions due to today's ruling, please share your story by contacting email@example.com. Help us stand against the Travel Ban as we continue to update you in our efforts to safeguard the rights of our community!
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