Fecteau: The Supreme Court Backed Up Bigotry

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In a recent 5-4 ruling along partisan lines, the U.S. Supreme upheld President Donald Trump’s “Muslim Ban” as constitutional.

While the court hinted that the rhetoric leading up to the ban was in poor taste, the court sided with Trump. The Supreme Court said his administration had executive power to impose limitations on people coming from a country that has “deficient information-sharing practice[s]”. In layman’s terms that just means any war-ravaged country.

The court did little more than rationalize and justify a bigoted, and xenophobic policy that undermines our values as a democracy.

Ban Undermines American Values

The controversial travel ban has critics and supporters. From the ban’s critics, it is seen as a veiled attempt at enacting prejudiced policies against people of the Muslim faith.

The ban’s supporters disagree vehemently. They argue that it is a means to keep our country safe from the threat of terrorism. Yet others embrace much more toxic ideas.

Donald Trump thinks it is American to ban people from entering based on their religion. Is that the American way?

The evidence supports many of those opposed to the ban. Trump has even called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States by way of a “Muslim Ban” (something in violation of the First Amendment!). Nominally, the ban has a number of exceptions to it, such as those that are applying to be admitted as refugees. As pointed out in the ruling dissension, under President Barack Obama in 2016, approximately 15,000 Syrian refugees arrived in the United States. But since January 2018, only 13 Syrian refugees safely arrived on U.S. soil.

This evidence is far from anecdotal. There has been a dramatic drop in people being admitted in the United States from war-torn, predominantly Muslim and Arab countries (even without the ban!).

The ban just simply gives Trump more leverage to discriminate based on religion. No matter how the Supreme Court tries to rationalize the ban, this is bigotry.

The xenophobic rhetoric of Trump undermines what makes our country so great. Instead, it makes us less safe. Many, many of these people are no different than you or I. They’re just looking for a better life here in the United States.

Religious Discrimination

Also, don’t be so sure it makes us safer. Trump’s video clip calling for a “Muslim Ban” was even used by al Qaeda affiliates overseas to call for attacks on the U.S. targets.

The White House is thrilled with the Supreme Court ruling that held up its travel ban. Matt Fecteau, however, isn’t.

The U.S. Supreme Court has failed our country by intellectualizing a defective policy that will be a low point in our history. Despite what the U.S. Supreme Court stays, Trump’s own statements are evidence to prove that his administration had every intention to discriminate. Now, he has now gotten a free pass, courtesy of the U.S. Supreme Court.

This is a sad day for the history of our country. But it’s an even sadder for those who are desperately looking for a reprieve from the terrible violence they face in their own country.

Matthew Fecteau
Matt Fecteau of Pawtucket, Rhode Island is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and an Iraq War veteran. Send him email at Matthew.Fecteau@gmail.com
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