Organizational Statement | NAPABA Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Muslim Ban Decision

Organizational Statement

For Immediate Release
June 26, 2018

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NAPABA Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Muslim Ban Decision

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is deeply disappointed in today’s decision by the Supreme Court to uphold President Trump’s Muslim Ban. In a 5-4 ruling, the Court in Trump v. State of Hawaii overturned the Ninth Circuit’s block on President Trump’s revised executive order that bars individuals from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

NAPABA remains concerned that this decision permits and promotes continued discrimination against Muslims, particularly given our nation’s long and painful history of anti-Asian Pacific Islander immigration policies and violence against Asian Pacific American communities. Today’s decision allows bigotry and xenophobia to underscore the government’s actions and marks a dark day in our history.

NAPABA filed amicus briefs at the District, Circuit, and Supreme Court opposing the three iterations of order, and most recently led 62 Asian Pacific American bar associations in filing an amicus brief in the Supreme Court opposing the Muslim Ban.

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The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of almost 50,000 attorneys and over 80 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government.

NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

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