June 26, 2018

Castro Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Trump’s Muslim Ban

WASHINGTON—Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, today made the following statement:

“The majority on the Roberts court has demonstrated over the last two days by their decisions in Abbott v. Perez (Texas gerrymandering) and today’s Trump v. Hawaii ruling (Muslim Travel Ban) their willingness to affirm racial and religious discrimination veiled by razor-thin policy justifications.

“Since January 2017, President Trump has been laser-focused on religious discrimination and instituting a ‘travel ban’ that he called for throughout his presidential campaign that would prohibit individuals from Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Presidential Proclamation 9645 which was upheld by the Supreme Court today, unnecessarily relies on sweeping, discriminatory methods to monitor travel to the United States, and is an open endorsement of religious and ethnic discrimination and prejudice. This ban harms U.S. national security, stifles economic prosperity and does not represent the American spirit. History will not look kindly on this policy and today’s decision.”

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