President Trump issued a third version of his Muslim ban on Sunday night. Like the previous version, this ban blocks travel to the United States from six predominantly Muslim countries. The newest ban also bars North Koreans and Venezuelan government officials. Unlike the previous versions, this ban is of indefinite duration.
The American Civil Liberties Union and partner organizations are challenging Trump’s current Muslim ban.
The following statement is attributable to New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director, Donna Lieberman:
“Trump’s attempt to disguise his latest executive order by adding the small number of visitors from North Korea and a few government officials from Venezuela cannot hide the fact that this is still a Muslim ban. Our country and New York State have a historic commitment to serving as a haven for refugees. Many New Yorkers know too well the human toll of turning away refugees like those who fled Hitler’s Germany or other nations their families left in times of turmoil and strife. Religious freedom and equality are hallmarks of our country and our laws, and we will continue to fight to defeat Trump’s discriminatory policies."