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Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled to uphold 5-4 President Trump’s Muslim travel ban in the Trump v. Hawaii decision:

“I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold this dangerous and cruel policy. This decision emboldens the President to enact discriminatory policies, under the false guise of national security, that target immigrants based on nation of origin and religion. Barring legal travel from Muslim-majority nations does not make us safer. Instead, it robs us of talented individuals who could contribute to America’s economy and culture. The Supreme Court also reaffirmed the need for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which could serve as a constitutional check on the president’s authority. America is and should continue to be the shining beacon of opportunity for people across the world fleeing from violence and oppression. I will continue urging my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do the right thing and pass bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform.”

Rep. Peters has continued to call for an end to the travel ban, including signing onto a March 2018 amicus brief to the Supreme Court highlighting the false choice between national security and welcoming people fleeing oppression. He also issued statements in January and March 2017 calling for an end to this practice. In February 2017, he led a letter demanding the Government Accountability Office detail what input was solicited from federal agencies before the travel ban was issued.