MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Minnesota State Rep. Ilhan Omar says she is "hurt" but "not surprised" by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from several mostly-Muslim countries, adding, "elections have consequences."
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld the travel ban that includes Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela.
The court rejected a challenge that said the ban discriminates against Muslims or exceeds president trump's authority. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that presidents have substantial power to regulate immigration.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in a dissenting opinion, said her colleagues arrived at the opposite result by "ignoring the facts, misconstruing our legal precedent, and turning a blind eye to the pain and suffering."
Complete statement from Rep. Ilhan Omar
“I am hurt by the Supreme Court decision to uphold President Trump’s Muslim Ban today, but I’m not surprised—elections have consequences. It’s not the overt Islamophobia nor the ingrained fear-mongering that hurt me the most. But how, as Justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg said in their dissent, “ignoring the facts, misconstruing our legal precedent, and turning a blind eye to the pain and suffering,” has allowed the highest court in our nation to rule that if you pretend your concerns are for national security and not an irrational fear of the other, you can create hate-filled policy.
“In their joint dissent, the justices also reminded us that this is a nation of religious liberty, that the founders penned the first amendment to ensure neutrality and acceptance was the law of the land. Now two-and-a-quarter centuries after it was written, and almost three years after Trump first called for a ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,’ the first amendment guarantees we shall have no law prohibiting the free exercise of any religion...except Islam.
“When I’m in Congress, I will introduce legislation to overturn this decision. It’s clear we are at one of the most significant turning points in American history, we must decide whether we stand for liberty or if we stand for oppression. We must take decided action beyond helping ourselves, going out of our way to help our neighbors. We must fight back, we must organize, we must vote."
This is the Supreme Court's first substantive ruling on a Trump administration policy.