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POCI lawmakers’ statement on Supreme Court travel ban decision

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

St. Paul, Minn. – Today, in a 5-4 decision the United States Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s order banning the entry of people from several Muslim-majority countries. The People of Color and Indigenous Caucus (POCI) of the Minnesota House released the following joint statement:

“We’re extremely disappointed at the Supreme Court’s ruling which has, in effect, sanctioned President Trump’s policy of discrimination based purely on the religious beliefs of others. Whether for those seeking refuge in the United States who are fleeing conflict, genocide, famine, or those simply seeking a better opportunity, this policy has brought untold pain and today’s decision means it will continue to do so. Rather than furthering our country’s already deep divisions based on race, religion and origin, leaders at all levels – from President Trump on down – must open their minds and hearts to refugees and their contributions to our communities.

“We’re confident that generations from now, history will look upon this action with deep regret and shame. Today though, we’re committed to renewing our fight to move our state and country in a direction of inclusivity, acceptance, and justice.”

The People of Color & Indigenous (POCI) Caucus formed in 2017 and includes Reps. Mary Kunesh-Podein (41B), Jamie Becker-Finn (42B), Peggy Flanagan (46A), Erin Maye Quade (57A), Fue Lee (59A), Ilhan Omar (60B), Susan Allen (62B), Rena Moran (65A), and Carlos Mariani (65B).