Today the Supreme Court announced that it will review Donald Trump’s shameful executive order banning travelers from six mostly Muslim countries, and that in the interim, it will allow for partial enforcement of that ban. Since both the Fourth Circuit and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals struck down the ban back in May, we knew that the Supreme Court would likely be called to make the final judgement as to its legality. But as for the moral judgement, this couldn’t be more clear. I believe what the Fourth and Ninth Circuits believe: this ban is unconstitutional. It’s also un-American. For all the coded language and spin the Trump administration uses to defend this executive order, we all know what this is. It’s a travel ban that specifically targets Muslims—some fleeing persecution and danger in their countries, some looking for better opportunities for themselves and their families, and all hoping to find comfort in an America we’re still trying to perfect: a country that welcomes all, and gives everyone a chance to thrive.
I’m troubled to see that this order will be at least partially enforced, not least of all for the impact it will have on the immigrant community here in Minneapolis. I’m proud to serve as mayor of a city with real cultural diversity—a city made so much more vibrant by our immigrant community, hailing from around the world. Our Muslim immigrants, in particular, have added so much to the fabric of Minneapolis, and are now part of the backbone of our neighborhoods and our city. That’s why it pains me so much to see President Trump single them out for attack. But we won’t let this or any policy dissuade us from pursuing our shared vision of One Minneapolis: a city that rejects mistrust, embraces human connection, and fosters a community of love for all. So while Trump’s executive order will have another day in court, I’ll be standing with our immigrant communities, regardless of the outcome.