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Amicus briefs against Trump's travel ban: the strongest arguments | US news | The Guardian

"The First Amendment mandates governmental neutrality with respect to religion. This principle, contained in the First Amendment’s Religion Clauses and reflected also in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, secures the right to religious freedom by straightforwardly forbidding official discrimination on the basis of religion. Ignoring the clear constitutional command, however, the government has singled out a religious group – Muslims – for official disfavor and maltreatment. By instituting a wide-ranging, punishing ban on immigrants, the government has run roughshod over core First Amendment protections.

The Executive Order is exactly what President Trump promised all along – a “Muslim ban”. No amount of rebranding will change that. People from seven countries are refused entry to the United States for no reason other than their deity and preferred holy book. Beyond failing every applicable legal standard, the Executive Order is an insult to the fundamental principles of our Constitution. It cannot stand. It should not stand even for a day."



Amicus briefs against Trump's travel ban: the strongest arguments | US news | The Guardian

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