In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to hear cases related to President Trump’s travel ban, People For the American Way Executive Vice President Marge Baker issued the following statement.
“Donald Trump’s travel ban is unquestionably designed to discriminate against people of one particular faith. That’s exactly the kind of abuse of government power prohibited by the First Amendment to the Constitution. Everyone who cares about religious liberty should hope that the Court puts this issue to rest when it hears the case in the fall.
“The court’s decision to stop parts of the ban from going into effect mitigates some of the damage being done to millions of innocent people; but the fact that even part of the ban remains in place is still an insult to Muslims in this country and around the world. This kind of bigotry has no place in the law—which is precisely why it’s prohibited by our Constitution.”
People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.