AsylumConnect Condemns SCOTUS Ruling to Uphold Muslim Ban

Last week, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s Muslim ban  in a 5-4 ruling. This version of the ban affects citizens of Libya, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, North Korea, and Venezuela. Since December, officials have effectively barred citizens of these countries from entering the United States.

The unfair restrictions on Muslim-majority countries are considered to be part of Trump’s campaign pledge to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

Opponents of the ban have compared it unfavorably to Korematsu v. United States, which allowed Japanese-Americans to be placed in internment camps. At its core, the Muslim ban undermines two of America’s nobelist traditions - freedom of religion and freedom to seek asylum.

AsyumConnect responded to the ruling upholding the Muslim ban:

AsylumConnect strongly condemns the recent Supreme Court decision upholding President Trump’s Muslim ban. This xenophobic and racist Muslim ban is inconsistent with core American values. This decision also has dire consequences for the LGBTQ people living in the countries named in the ban, where it remains dangerous to identify as LGBTQ. Three of the seven countries (Iran, Yemen and parts of Somalia) still have the death penalty for same-sex activity. In Syria, ISIS routinely stones and throws gay men off buildings. Venezuela has also been cited as a ‘deadly place’ for members of the LGBTQ community. In these environments, LGBTQ people face their own mortality daily. Now that the United States has turned its back, where will these persecuted people go to for safety?  
— Katie Sgarro, AsylumConnect Co-Founder & President

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