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Supreme Court Ruling in Muslim Travel Ban Case is a Severe Blow to Protections against Religious Discrimination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the U.S. Supreme Court made a decision that upheld Trump’s discriminatory travel ban for individuals from selected Muslim nations. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is appalled the Court chose to embrace a policy that could lead to a new era of religious bigotry. 

By permitting Trump’s Muslim Ban, the Court encourages an underlying xenophobic and nativist trend.  All of which contradicts the nation’s ethos of religious freedom and inclusiveness. It is unquestionable that discriminating against countries based on nationality or religion will not make the United States stronger; it will make us decidedly weaker in the eyes of the rest of the world. 

NASW will not stand idle in the face of this decision by the Supreme Court. Along with the abhorrent Family Separation policy, the Muslim Ban reflects a hostility to the immigrant community as a whole.  

Through advocacy, assertive actions, and coalition building, NASW will work to reverse these disturbing trends. We call on the American people to hold this administration accountable by vociferously fighting against xenophobia and religious intolerance. NASW also insists that Congress exert its constitutional duties of being a check on the executive branch’s hostile and discriminatory actions against religious freedom.   

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization of professional social workers. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.