Center for American Progress

STATEMENT: CAP Statement on Court Ruling Blocking Muslim and Refugee Ban
Press Statement

STATEMENT: CAP Statement on Court Ruling Blocking Muslim and Refugee Ban

Washington, D.C. — Upon reviewing a decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii that places a nationwide injunction on President Donald Trump’s executive order revising his original Muslim and refugee ban, Tom Jawetz, Vice President of Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
The Hawaii District Court decision makes clear what we’ve known all along: The revised executive order is still a Muslim and refugee ban—full stop. Such categorical exclusions are offensive and are not who we are as a nation. They also make Americans less safe by emboldening our enemies and disheartening our allies. While this court ruling is not the last word on the ban, it is only the latest in a series of court battles that President Trump has lost defending this indefensible policy. With vacancies on the Supreme Court and throughout the lower courts, the decision highlights once more how critically important it will be for the Senate to reject Justices and judges who will not serve as an independent check on an executive committed to stretching the bounds of the law. It is time for the president to rescind this executive order once and for all.

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