Jul 19, 2017

Americans United for Separation of Church and State welcomes today’s U.S. Supreme Court order rejecting the Trump administration’s attempt to bar grandparents and other extended family members through its Muslim ban executive order.

“While we’re pleased that more families will be able to reunite, President Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim ban continues to single out Muslims for discrimination because of their religious beliefs,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “The president has made clear that this policy is driven by hostility toward Muslims, and we expect that when the high court hears this case, the justices will come to the same conclusion that multiple federal courts have reached: This ban is unconstitutional.

“It’s clear that the Trump administration treated grandparents as not having a close relationship to their grandchildren simply to bar more Muslims from entering the United States,” Lynn continued. “We are glad that the Supreme Court, like most Americans, saw through this cruel policy.”

Americans United had filed friend-of-the-court briefs with the federal appeals courts in International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump and State of Hawaiʻi v. Trump.

Americans United also represents the plaintiffs in Universal Muslim Association of America v. Trump, a lawsuit AU filed with its allies Muslim Advocates, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the law firm Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. UMAA v. Trump focuses on how the ban harms the American Muslim community. More information on AU’s efforts to fight the Muslim ban is available here.