January 27, 2017

NEW YORK — American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony D. Romero issued the following statement on President Trump’s executive order that would target Muslims for “extreme vetting:”

“‘Extreme vetting’ is just a euphemism for discrimination against Muslims. Identifying specific countries with Muslim majorities and carving out exceptions for minority religions flies in the face of the constitutional principle that bans the government from either favoring or discriminating against particular religions. Any effort to discriminate against Muslims and favor other religions runs afoul of the First Amendment.”

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