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Muslim Activists Say SCOTUS's Travel Ban Ruling Is Just One In A Shameful History Towards Minority Groups

By Vanessa Nix Anthony

Muslim American activists and organizations deeply upset over the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision Tuesday to uphold President Donald Trump’s travel ban are now reminding us all of the fallibility of the Court by invoking its past discriminatory rulings.

Particularly those that sanctioned discrimination against minority groups such as African-Americans and Japanese-Americans. Activists have pledged to continue to fight the ruling and what they see as "bigotry" on the part of the current administration. 

Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Muslim-led social justice organization MPower Change, told Huff Post:

  The Supreme Court has been wrong on major decisions before, and so our fight continues. The right to live in peace and be treated justly no matter one’s race, ethnicity or religion is too important to let one person, one decision, destroy it.

This is the third iteration of Trump's travel ban, all of which have been challenged in court. The latest, a presidential proclamation issued in September, restricted immigration from eight countries ― Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad (which has since been removed), Venezuela and North Korea. SCOTUS conservative justices maintain that the travel ban is not specifically a "Muslim ban," because even though 6 of the 8 countries included are predominantly Muslim they house “just 8 percent of the world’s Muslim population.” 

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the travel ban is:

...facially neutral toward religion...quite apart from any religious hostility. 

Many still consider the travel ban to be a Muslim ban citing Trump’s December 2015 call: