Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

ACLU Exec Pledges to Fight Trump's Travel Ban

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

ACLU Exec Pledges to Fight Trump's Travel Ban

Article excerpt

The head of the American Civil Liberties Union said Sunday that President Trump's revised travel ban was just as unconstitutional as his first and would be struck down by the courts because it indiscriminately targeted Muslims.

Speaking to more than 400 people at the American Muslim Union's Annual Community Lunch, ACLU President Susan Herman said Trump's executive order issued last week tried "very hard not to look like a Muslim ban" but still would disproportionately affect members of the faith.

"President Trump has learned that he can't just dictate what he wants in this country," Herman said to applause. "The courts do have something to say about this."

The scaled-back executive order, which takes effect Thursday, targets fewer people than did an earlier version that sparked chaos at airports and prompted a host of legal challenges five weeks ago. It still temporarily bans refugees and visitors from six Muslim-majority countries.

Supporters say it will improve national security by restricting travelers from countries that have been breeding grounds or way stations for terrorists. But immigrant advocates argue that it discriminates based on religion and won't make Americans safer.

The order bars people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen from getting visas for 90 days, but it no longer restricts travel from Iraq. It also halts refugee admission for 120 days, although Syrians are no longer subject to an indefinite ban, as they were under the first order.

The ACLU has said it will sue the administration over the latest order. The group scored an important victory when a federal appeals court last month upheld a lower court's ruling that those who arrived in the United States after the ban could not be removed. That led to the revised version issued by Trump last week.

"The only good way to not have a Muslim ban is not to have one," Herman said.

Many at the lunch on Sunday said there was a growing anti-Muslim sentiment fueled by some of the president's often incendiary rhetoric and actions, like the travel ban.

The lunch, in its 19th year, was a panoply of the Muslim faith with different races and ethnicities, from African to Arabic to European, in attendance. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed


An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.