On June 26, 2018, the Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s travel ban that bans or restricts travel from predominantly Muslim majority countries. Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s dissent from the majority 5-4 ruling traced the ban’s roots in Trump’s anti-Muslim statements throughout his campaign and and since he took office, writing that “a reasonable observer would view” Trump’s “executive policy” as “motivated by animus against Muslims." She also found that this case had “stark parallels” to Korematsu v. United States (1944), which upheld an executive order that forced Japanese Americans into concentration camps.
Activists gathered in Washington D.C. to protest the ruling and stand up to the blatant anti-Muslim discrimination, racism, and xenophobia that this ban perpetuates.
Here’s what they had to say to this administration and the media covering this decision: