WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Trump v. Hawaii:
“The Supreme Court endorsed a regression of freedom and liberty today, by permitting a Muslim ban that reflects one of the most xenophobic, nativist chapters in our nation’s history. Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric and the Supreme Court’s decision conflict with a simple, yet important truth: Indiscriminate profiling based on nationality or religion does not make our nation stronger or more prosperous – it makes us weaker. It fuels the flames of hate and bias within our country and undermines our core value of religious freedom and liberty. The American people must demand that Congress hold this administration accountable, by acting as a check on the executive branch’s hostile and discriminatory actions against religious freedom.”
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.