Jewish groups criticize Supreme Court travel ban decision

The Anti-Defamation League will "oppose the discriminatory Muslim ban" while pointing to the Justices' "failure to recognize" the plight of refugees.

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June 27, 2017 12:06
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The Anti-Defamation League expressed mixed feelings in regards to the state of US President Donald Trump's Middle East travel ban. 

The Supreme Court on Monday lifted the injunction from Trump's travel ban while making sure the ban will not effect people who are able to prove ties to American institutions or US citizens.

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Originally, the ban was meant to be enforced on citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to prevent them from entering the US for a period of 90 days from the date of enforcement. Refugees from these countries would be denied entry for a period of 120 days.  

While praising the Supreme Court justices for ensuring the ban will not effect individuals with ties to Americans or US institutions, ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt warned against repeating past mistakes.

Pointing to the plight of Muslim refugees from the countries effected by the ban, Greenblat said that "closing the door to refugees whose very lives are at stake has echoes of when the United States refused to provide refuge and turned away Jews."

The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) also expressed its displeasure with the Supreme Court's decision.

“Certainly in the case of refugees, this order will have a tragic toll on those who have fled for their lives and played by our rules to find refuge in the United States.” Said HIAS President Mark Hetfield. 



President Trump said that the Supreme Court decision was "a clear victory for our national security." 

 


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