The Anti-Defamation League, joined by a coalition of Jewish groups, filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit supporting a challenge to President Trump’s revised Executive Order on immigration and refugees. The Justice Department appealed an order from the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland that blocked nationwide enforcement of part of the Executive Order, which temporarily barred travel for people from six majority-Muslim countries.
ADL’s brief traces America’s history as a nation dedicated to ideals of equality, liberty and justice, and warns against repeating the shameful times in our past when America has turned against those ideals.
“The Court should affirm the lower court’s decision blocking President Trump’s second executive order on refugees and rejecting anti-Muslim bigotry. Implementation of the Order would have caused irreparable harm to countless people, just as there was when the United States turned away the desperate passengers of the St. Louis, excluded immigrants from China and interned Japanese Americans. The President’s Executive order risks once again sacrificing the nation’s core values in favor of prejudice and fear- a sacrifice that history has repeatedly proven to have profound consequences to those who are targeted and to the principles underlying the Constitution,” said Doron Ezickson, ADL Washington, D.C. Regional Director.
ADL was joined on the brief by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Union for Reform Judaism, Central Conference of American Rabbis, and Women for Reform Judaism. The law firm Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC prepared the brief on behalf of ADL and the law firm Cooley LLP served as local counsel.