Washington, DC - The following is a statement from Johnathan
Smith, legal director of Muslim Advocates, regarding last night’s ruling
by U.S. Judge Derrick Watson. Johnathan’s full biography is available here.
For booking, please contact Scott Simpson at Scott@MuslimAdvocates.Org
or Nicky Vogt at Nicole@NPStrategyGroup.com.
“Over the past six months, the U.S. courts have provided a
necessary check on President Trump’s overreaching and unwieldy power grab, and
Judge Watson’s ruling serves as the latest example. In expanding the definition
of a “bona fide” relationship, the courts, once again, found that the President
far exceeded his authority in the implementation of this bigoted and
discriminatory executive order.
In his decision, Judge Watson described
the Administration's criteria for “bona fide” familial relationships as “the
antithesis of common sense… Common sense, for instance, dictates that close
family members be defined to include grandparents. Indeed, grandparents are the
epitome of close family members.”
We couldn’t agree more, and we’re thankful for the families who
will be now be reunited.
Earlier this week, the United States reached the unjust 50,000
refugee resettlement cap set by the Trump administration, effectively barring
any refugees without a “bona fide” relationship from entering the United
States. Judge Watson’s ruling that a resettlement agency meets the “bona fide”
relationship criteria opens our country’s doors to many of the refugees in dire
need of a safe haven.
While we applaud this ruling, the fight must continue. President
Trump’s discriminatory ban is still harming refugees and American families.
This administration has shown a clear and consistent commitment to isolating
and stigmatizing the Muslim community. As such, Muslim Advocates remains
dutifully committed to doing all we can to protect the rights of all to live
free from unlawful discrimination and harassment.”
Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and educational
organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom
and justice for Americans of all faiths.