Congressman Carson Statement on Muslim Ban Arguments in the Supreme Court
Washington, DC - Today, Congressman André Carson released the following statement after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Hawaii v. Trump – a case to decide whether President Trump’s latest Muslim Ban violates federal law and our Constitution.
“Every American should be concerned about the impacts of President Trump’s Muslim ban. It weakens our nation’s security by degrading our relationships across the Muslim world, and with many of our allies. It cheapens our values and makes it harder for our country to act with moral authority - undermining our international influence. And, it sends a message that we no longer welcome entire groups of people to our shores.
“Frankly, it’s just plain wrong.
“This is not who we are as a country: The United States is a nation of immigrants and for decades we have had a longstanding principle of accepting individuals from around the globe. Returning to a more racist immigration policy is no way to build a brighter future for our country. Discriminatory government policies threaten to undercut the rule of law —whether directly or in a roundabout way intended to evade the courts. As a country, we are simply better than this.
“Muslim Americans, who are our neighbors and long-time members of our communities, are suffering unique harm. It’s time for the Supreme Court to say what the American public already knows: This is unjust and unconstitutional. It goes against the values we strive to uphold as country.”