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December 5, 2017

The Supreme Court’s Recent Decision on the Travel Ban Undermines Religious Freedom and Equality

The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed the Trump administration’s Travel Ban to take effect, which will prohibit or greatly restrict travel to the United States from six Muslim-majority countries including Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented, agreeing with lower court decisions to partially block the ban.

Wa’el Alzayat, Emgage’s CEO stated: “Today is a sad day for all those who believe in an America that does not discriminate. We intend to support all efforts to reverse this decision and the ban because they infringe on the fundamental right to not be treated differently based on your religion. Fellow Americans will now suffer because their relatives and loved ones might be barred entry into the country simply when their family and loved ones are barred entry into the country.”

Two federal appeals courts are scheduled to hear arguments this week.

Read more at Bloomberg Politics.

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