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Meghan Holden, ACLU of Connecticut, 860-992-7645,

June 26, 2018

HARTFORD — In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States has upheld the Trump administration’s third Muslim ban. The national American Civil Liberties Union and partner organizations have challenged every version of the ban. Like previous versions, this one blocks immigrants and temporary visitors from several Muslim-majority countries.

David McGuire, executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut, had this reaction to today’s decision:

“This is not the first time the U.S. Supreme Court has been wrong or has allowed government-sponsored racism and xenophobia to continue rather than standing up to it. As with those rulings, history will judge today’s decision harshly.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Trump’s Muslim ban is a shameful stain of historic proportions. This ruling will go down in history as one of the Supreme Court’s great failures. It repeats the mistakes of the Korematsu decision upholding Japanese American imprisonment.

Today, the court failed people across Connecticut, the country, and the world. When hundreds of people rallied at Bradley International Airport to protest Trump’s Muslim ban, they knew that it is ultimately the people of the United States who will determine this country’s character and future and who must demand freedom and equality for all. It is up to each person in Connecticut to reject racism and xenophobia, stand with Muslims, and call on our elected representatives in Congress to take action to dismantle Trump’s Muslim ban.”

International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Maryland, National Immigration Law Center, and the International Refugee Assistance Project, on behalf of HIAS, IRAP, the Middle East Studies Association, Yemeni American Merchants Association, and the Arab American Association of New York.

MEDIA CALL TODAY AT NOON ET: These national groups will hold a press call to discuss the ruling.  Dial-In: 877-260-1479 Passcode: 7008852

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