OCA Applauds Court Decision to Uphold Block on Travel Ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

25 May 2017

CONTACT:  Kham S. Moua | Associate Director of Policy and Advocacy

202 223 5500 | kmoua@ocanational.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates applauds the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit’s decision to uphold the block on President Trump’s travel ban.

Today, in the case of International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, the Fourth Circuit upheld an injunction on President Trump's travel ban in an en banc 10-3 decision. The President’s executive order would have prevented individuals from six Muslim majority countries from visiting or immigrating to the United States for 90 days. Additionally, the order also suspended the acceptance of all refugees for 120 days.

“We applaud the court’s decision to not reinstate President Trump’s executive order. Our immigration systems must be open to all peoples regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin,” said Vicki Shu, OCA Vice President of Public Affairs. “This year marks 135 years since the passing of the Chinese Exclusion Act, which was followed with additional laws that excluded all Asians from immigrating to this country. While we celebrate the court’s affirmation that liberty and justice for all includes everyone, OCA will remain committed to monitoring this issue to ensure that biased and restrictive policies can never again become law.”

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs).

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