CWS Statement on Hawaii’s Blocking of the Travel Ban

October 17, 2017


After a federal judge in Hawaii blocked the latest version of President Trump’s travel ban, CWS President and CEO Reverend John L. McCullough issued the following statement:

“No legal or linguistic maneuvers by the Trump administration can disguise the travel ban’s discriminatory intent. Each rendition of this ban fuels President Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda and further obstructs our brothers and sisters from reaching safety and a better life –plain and simple. We’re heartened a federal judge in Hawaii again affirmed this truth in court. Today is yet another reminder that it’s high time for this White House to cease targeting immigrants and Muslims. As today’s ruling manifests again, there is no actual grounding to the travel ban but ignorance and baseless hostility.

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