This week, in a 5/4 split, the Supreme Court upheld Trump’s discriminatory travel ban, leveraging a stolen S C seat to say the ban was a legitimate exercise of executive branch authority. The liberal side hotly denounced the decision, with Justice Sotomayor saying it was no better than decision by the 1944 SC that endorsed the detention of up to 200,000 Japanese-Americans in internment camps during World War II. This new ruling was a setback for progress for many reasons. Here are three:
1. The ban is undeniably racist. Trump readily admitted he wanted to ban Muslims when he first used it to gin up his base. It’s a direct insult to the 3 to 4.5 million Muslims of all ages living in the U.S. in 2017, many of them American Citizens.
2. This ruling will make the lives of Muslims even more difficult, granting license to Trump’s veiled and unveiled threats and he and his bases unbridled bigotry and ignorance. One heart-wrenching impact on many Muslims is that they might never be able to visit family members that might live in one of the 7 countries against which Trump is bigoted, because if they do, they can never return to America.
3. It hands a huge win to Trump, making him all the more likely to over-exercise that “executive branch authority,” which is extremely scary. It will incite his base, which = massive rally cheers, which leads to more rallies because that feedback is Trump’s drug of choice. That will become a perpetual motion machine, making November more difficult.
So this is a shout-out of support to all Muslims, especially those who are AMERICAN CITIZENS for Pete’s sake. One more reason to VOTE BLUE in 2018. Jacquelyn