Refugee Justice League responds to Supreme Court ruling on travel ban

The Refugee Justice League issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court’s new ruling that will allow a limited version of President Trump’s ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries to take effect.

The Supreme Court indicated that later this fall it will more fully consider the president’s broad powers in immigration matters in a case that raises fundamental issues of national security and religious discrimination.

“Tragically, most refugees will be unable to enter the United States for the next ninety days under this opinion,” said Refugee Justice League co-founder James McConkie. “Our current vetting process is already very stringent, and unfortunately, this ruling will make it practically impossible for most refugees to seek safety in America, as they do not have a well-established contact within the country as required by the opinion.”

Last week, the Refugee Justice League and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) took emergency legal action on behalf of Yussuf Awadir Abdi, an American citizen, Utahn, and Imam at Salt Lake City’s Madina Islamic Center Mosque. The League’s legal action resulted in Imam Abdi successfully returning home to Utah with his wife and five children.

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