WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Supreme Court of the United States denied the government’s request for clarification of the Court’s definition of family and stayed the District Court order modifying the preliminary injunction regarding refugees covered by a formal assurance with a U.S. refugee resettlement agency. In response, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement:
“The Supreme Court dealt a huge blow to Donald Trump’s Muslim ban by rejecting the White House’s narrow and, frankly, illogical definition of family. The Court agreed with common sense and all of us who believe that grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law are family.
“Unfortunately, refugees will continue to be barred from entering the United States. This will have a devastating impact on the unprecedented 65.6 million men, women and children who have been forcibly displaced worldwide. While the Court’s ruling underlines the crucial importance of supporting families, it negates to follow through on the American ideal of being a welcoming nation, a safe haven and a land of opportunity. It is my hope that one day soon, we will again be able to bring in the ‘huddled masses, yearning to be free,’ as was intended.”