The ASA joined the case as amici curia on behalf of the plaintiffs

A federal appeals court decided Thursday in a 10-3 ruling that the President Trump’s revised Muslim travel ban is unconstitutional in a case the American Civil Liberties Union and National Immigrant Law Center filed in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of individuals impacted by the ban, the Middle East Studies Association, and other organizations.

The American Studies Association joined the case as amici curia on behalf of the plaintiffs. “The American Studies Association is pleased to support those who are fighting against this discriminatory ban and on behalf of those who suffer unfairly because of it,” said Robert Warrior, ASA president. “Standing against xenophobia, whether it comes from the executive orders, policies devised in boardrooms, or internet chatrooms,” said Warrior, “is a core value of who we are American studies scholars. Our work depends on the free exchange of ideas. The court’s recognition of the necessity of the freedom is an important step.”

The ASA remains committed to supporting MESA and the other plaintiffs in their efforts to keep this ban from being implemented.

MESA’s press release on the ruling is available at

The ruling is available on the ACLU website at:

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Post date: May 26, 2017

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