FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Shayan Modarres
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Washington, DC – Shayan Modarres, Legal Counsel for the National Iranian American Council, issued the following statement in response to the Ninth Circuit’s ruling today to uphold injunctions on President Trump’s Muslim Ban executive order:
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“In a step towards defeating the discriminatory Muslim Ban, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against President Donald Trump’s revised executive order. Despite this victory, the effects of the Muslim Ban remain in place: Visas issued to Iranians have fallen by 52% and Iranians are now subjected to months of inter-agency background checks and forced to hand over years of travel history and social media accounts to immigration officials. Instead of an overt Muslim Ban, the administration is carrying out a backdoor ban away from the spotlight. The impact remains the same: The unconstitutional ban is alive and well.
“Although today’s ruling strikes a heavy blow against the Trump administration’s racist and anti-muslim immigration policies, the Ninth Circuit found it did not have the jurisdiction to comment on the Trump administration’s extreme vetting procedures—meaning that the fight is far from over. Lawsuits alone cannot dismantle this multi-layered Muslim ban, and now is the time for Congressional intervention to finally defeat it and any backdoor bans once and for all.”