Caribbean American Legislators Condemn U.S. Supreme Court’s Support of Muslim Ban

NEW YORK – Two Caribbean American legislators have criticized the United States Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a ban on travel from several predominantly Muslim countries.

U.S. Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, daughter of Jamaican immigrants, and New York Councilmember Jumaane Williams, son of Grenadian immigrants, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) they were surprised by the court’s decision.

“(U.S. President) Donald Trump introduced the Muslim ban to discriminate based upon the religion of people entering the United States, as he has stated on many occasions during and after his campaign for the presidency,” said Clarke, representative for the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn.

“That fact, by itself, should have rendered the Muslim ban unconstitutional. History will look back on this decision as one where the Supreme Court clearly endorsed religious discrimination.”


Clarke said Muslim Americans and Muslim immigrants seeking to become Americans are and have been “a significant part of the rich fabric of our communities and civil society. 

“(The) … decision has contradicted this long held virtue and is a regression in substance and in form,” she added. 

Williams, who represents the 45th Council District in Brooklyn, said the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling “enables institutionalized bigotry, codified racism.”

In a 5-4 vote, the court’s conservative justices said that the president’s power to secure America’s borders, delegated by U.S. Congress over decades of immigration legislating, was not infringed by the president’s history of inflammatory remarks about the perils he said Muslims pose to the U.S.