Aden Hassan came to the United States in 2017 with high hopes for the future only to be separated from his family because of President Donald J. Trump's Muslim and refugee ban.
"My mother and my family were supposed to follow, but because of the Muslim ban, my family has been unable to come," Hassan told AU before the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments for the Muslim ban case. "They are still not yet allowed to come."
And for Safoura Kashfipour, an Iranian-American Muslim, Trump's Muslim ban has had tangible, negative effects: It has also separated her from her family.
"My uncle had been in line for a visa for the longest time. With the Muslim ban, he was denied entry, and now he had to move his whole life outside of Iran and try to apply again from another country not listed on the ban," Kashfipour said. "It's preposterous, to say the least."
These stories are unfortunately not uncommon, and thanks to the Supreme Court's disappointing 5-4 ruling that upheld Trump's third iteration of the Muslim ban, the policy continues to harm people indefinitely.
The nation recently marked the one-year anniversary of Muslim ban 3.0, a policy that continues to show its inhumanity and discriminate against people because of their faith.
"The ban affects people's lives directly," Kashfipour said. "It spreads ignorance, allows for xenophobia to take hold and enforces prejudices of beautiful people and countries that the education system fails to recognize. It's sad."
In its Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission decision, the Supreme Court criticized state commissioners for "hostility" toward the religious beliefs of a Christian baker. But in the Muslim ban case, the court ignored Trump's hostility toward Muslims.
This is despite the fact that while campaigning for the presidency, Trump called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what ... is going on."
He even suggested creating a database to register Muslims, lied about Muslims' reactions to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and claimed that he thinks "Islam hates us," which further denigrated Muslim Americans as "others"; i.e., less "American" than other Americans of faith.
So one may ask: Religious freedom for whom? That question remains unanswered, thanks to the lack of accountability from the Trump administration.
A year later, we still have no proof that Trump's Muslim ban 3.0 was based on anything other...