On April 25, 2018, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument on the legality of the President’s Executive Order referred to as “Travel Ban 3.0”, which has been challenged on multiple grounds, including that it unconstitutionally discriminates against Muslims who wish to immigrate or come temporarily to the U.S. The Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling in late June.
Regardless of the outcome of the Supreme Court litigation concerning Travel Ban 3.0, numerous other immigration actions by the current Administration have resulted in a dramatic decrease in the number of Muslims admitted to the U.S. to visit, study, work, and to take up permanent residency.
A recent Cato Institute report examines data from FY 2016 until to date in FY 2018 that reveals a 91% plunge in Muslim refugee arrivals, a 28% decrease in immigrant (permanent resident – “green card”) arrivals, and a 32% drop in arrivals of nonimmigrant (visitors, students, temporary employee etc.) to the U.S. from predominantly Muslim countries. The report also delineates several of the policies that have led to these results.
Those who are not making it into the U.S. are people who would contribute to our communities by stabilizing their reunified families, and as consumers, employees, volunteers and entrepreneurs. The de facto Muslim ban should be rejected as against our nation’s values, harmful to our economy, and as antithetical to our future prosperity.
You can read the Cato Institute’s report here.