Muslim Ban

On June 26, 2018, the Supreme Court issued a regrettable decision upholding President Trump’s travel ban.

At every stage in the litigation against that ban (which the President had often characterized as the “Muslim Ban”) the MacArthur Justice Center ensured that judges had before them a full record of President Trump’s hatred of people of the Muslim faith, his open desire to curtail their rights, and his specific, sustained promise to inhibit their entry to the United States.

In Trump's Own Words

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In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Donald Trump expresses concern about the teachings of the Koran saying, “There's something there that teaches some very negative vibe.”

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When confronted with the statement, "We have a problem in this country. It's called Muslims." Trump agrees, stating "Right". When the same questioner continues with "You know our current president is one. You know he's not even an American", Trump similarly responds with "We need this question".

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"The United Kingdom is trying hard to disguise their massive Muslim problem. Everybody is wise to what is happening, very sad! Be honest."

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Trump was asked to clarify his sentiments about Islam: “Is it really a Muslim problem, or is it a radical Islamist problem?” He declined to accept that distinction, saying, “Maybe it’s a Muslim problem, maybe it’s not.”

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Trump stated, “I think Islam hates us” and that Muslims have “tremendous hatred” and “unbelievable hatred.” He expressly rejected that a distinction could be drawn between radical Islam and Islam itself, claiming “[i]t’s very hard to define.”

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CNN's Jake Tapper asks Trump to clarify his stance on Islam, asking "Islam hates us? Do you mean all 1.6 billion Muslims?" Trump's response: "I mean a lot of them. I mean a lot of them".

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Trump was asked whether his statement that “Islam hates us” referred to all 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. He responded: “I mean a lot of them. I mean a lot of them.” When given another opportunity to clarify, he stated: “There’s something going on that maybe you don’t know about, maybe a lot of other people don’t know about, but there’s tremendous hatred. And I will stick with exactly what I said [the previous day].

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Trump stated“[r]efugees are trying to take over our children” by telling them “how wonderful Islam is.” Donald Trump Remarks in Manchester, New Hampshire

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"I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.”

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“I saw people getting together and, in fairly large numbers, celebrating as the World Trade Center was coming down, killing thousands of people–thousands and thousands of people… People are still dying over what happened with the World Trade Center. And they’re dying a terrible death. And I saw people.”

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Trump re-tweeted another's claim to have seen “militant Muslims burning our flag and burning George Bush photos and figures, right after 9/11!”

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"General Pershing was a rough guy ... he took the 50 terrorists, and he took 50 men and he dipped 50 bullets in pigs’ blood ... And he had his men load his rifles, and he lined up the 50 people, and they shot 49 of those people. ... And for 25 years, there wasn’t a problem".

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Even after multiple articles citing the story as false, Trump repeats the Gen. Pershing myth, "...They put the bullets in the rifles and they shot 49 of the 50 men. Dead. Boom. So it was a pig-infested bullet in each one. ... For 28 years, there was no terrorism. ... We have to do what we have to do. We have to clean it out."

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Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!

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Trump stated that he was “going to have to certainly look at” closing mosques in the United States.

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“[I]t’s something that you’re going to have to strongly consider because some of the ideas and some of the hatred—the absolute hatred—is coming from these areas.”

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Trump responded that there was “absolutely no choice” but to do so: “A lot of people understand it. We’re going to have no choice. There’s absolutely no choice.”

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Trump was asked whether his push for increased surveillance of American Muslims could include warrantless searches. He stated that he would consider a series of drastic measures against Muslims: “We’re going to have to do things that we never did before. ... And certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy. And so we’re going to have to do certain things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago.”

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J]ust to say it clear—I want surveillance of these people. I want surveillance if we have to, and I don’t care. ... I want surveillance of certain mosques.”

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: “Yes, we have to look at mosques. ... We have no choice. We have to see what’s out there, because something is happening in there. Man, there’s anger. There’s anger. And we have to know about it.”

“We have to go and we have to maybe check, respectfully, the mosques.”

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"People don't want to talk about it. People aren't talking about it. But look at what they're doing in France. They are actually closing down mosques... I think profiling is something that we're going to have to start thinking about as a country."

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"We’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely. We’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.”

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“Oh I would certainly implement that. Absolutely.” Whether Muslims would be legally obligated to sign into the database, Mr. Trump responded, “They have to be—they have to be.” Mr. Trump was asked how registering Muslims would be different from the Nazis’ registration of Jewish people. He responded four times: “You tell me.”

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“So the database—I said yeah, that’s alright fine ... but database is okay, and watch list is okay, and surveillance is okay. If you don’t mind, I want to be—I want to surveil.”

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ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos asked Trump, "Are you unequivocally now ruling out a database on all Muslims?”. Trump responded, “No not at all.”

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“We have to really be vigilant with respect to the Muslim population ... we have to surveil; we have to create lists; we have the refugees coming in and we have to create lists.”

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"...Syrian Muslims escorted into U.S. through Mexico. Now arriving to Oklahoma and Kansas! Congress?"

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When an attendee asked Trump about the possibility to "get rid of" Muslims, Trump responded, "We're going to be looking at that and many other things."

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"...it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension...our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life."

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"Just put out a very important policy statement on the extraordinary influx of hatred & danger coming into our country. We must be vigilant!"

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"L]ook at Franklin Roosevelt ... Take a look at Presidential proclamations back a long time ago, 2525, 2526, and 2527 what he was doing with Germans, Italians, and Japanese because he had to do it"

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When asked how border officials might implement his plan, Mr. Trump explained: “They would say, ‘are you Muslim?’” The commentator further questioned: “And if they said yes, they would not be allowed in the country?” Mr. Trump responded, “That’s correct.”

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Whether he was given “any pause at all” by being compared to Hitler, Trump responded, “No because what I’m doing is no different than what F.D.R. did. F.D.R.’s solution for Germans, Italians, Japanese, many years ago.” Asked if he was in favor of internment camps, Trump repeated his reliance upon President Roosevelt’s actions during World War II: “He did the same thing.”

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“Every Muslim that comes into this country has the potential to be radicalized — and they do their killing to honor their religion and Muhammad. During World War 2, we didn’t allow Japanese to immigrate to America, nor did we allow Germans. Why are we allowing Muslims now?” - evangelist Franklin Graham

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“Hillary Clinton said that it is O.K. to ban Muslims from Israel by building a WALL, but not O.K. to do so in the U.S. We must be vigilant!”

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"I think Islam hates us. There is something -- there is something there that is a tremendous hatred there. There's a tremendous hatred. We have to get to the bottom of it. There's an unbelievable hatred of us...And we have to be very vigilant. We have to be very careful. And we can't allow people coming into this country who have this hatred of the United States."

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Mr. Trump invoked the language of 8 U.S.C. § 1182(f), stating that “laws of the United States give the president powers to suspend entry into the country of any class of persons ... as he or she deems appropriate.”

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Trump explained that he would not back down from pursuing his “temporary ban on Muslim integration,” again equating being Muslims with being a radical terrorist. He stated, “You are going to have to watch and are going to have to see. I have done a lot of things that nobody thought I could do.”

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When asked whether the omission of explicit Muslim Ban in his Republican National Convention speech signaled a pull back from the policy, Trump doubled down on his pledge. "I don’t think so. ... In fact, you could say it’s an expansion, I’m looking now at territory. People were so upset when I used the word “Muslim”: “Oh, you can’t use the word ‘Muslim.’” Remember this. And I’m okay with that, because I’m talking territory instead of Muslim. ... Now, we have a religious, you know, everybody wants to be protected. And that’s great. ... I view it differently. ... "

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In her dissenting opinion, Justice Sotomayor cited our brief, explaining that the “full record paints a far more harrowing picture, from which a reasonable observer would readily conclude that the Proclamation was motivated by hostility and animus toward the Muslim faith.”

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