Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Trump’s Muslim Ban

Jun 26, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement condemning the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Trump v. Hawaii to uphold Trump’s disgraceful, racist, and discriminatory Muslim Ban:

“This is a sad day for America and it smears our nation’s reputation as a welcoming and tolerant society far and wide.  I am deeply disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court has, once again, fully and completely endorsed discrimination.  History will look back on this day with shame and it will join other reprehensible decisions, such as Dred Scott v. Sanford and Korematsu v. United States.

“Despite the racism coming from the White House, Americans — and the world — should know that religious freedom remains a fundamental right and a major component of the core values in our nation and we must not allow anyone or any court from tearing apart that central American creed.

“To Muslims around the globe, know this: You are welcome here and are respected.  To our Muslim-American family, friends, neighbors, and communities: You are very much a part of our shared American story and I am saddened by this decision that puts the religious liberty of all Americans at risk.  This decision will do nothing but push us further down the path of injustice and intolerance.”

“I call on the American people to hold this dishonorable Administration accountable and I call on my Congressional colleagues to finally exercise our authority as a coequal branch of government and act as a check on these antagonistic attacks on religious freedom.  Since the courts refuse to act, we must.”

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