The United States has always been a beacon of hope for refugees and immigrants from around the world. That beacon dimmed dramatically in 2017 as the administration moved to implement a Travel Ban, which banned travel from several Muslim-majority countries and sought to dismantle Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). ADL fought these discriminatory actions and many others by using our platform and voice to publicly oppose these moves.
We pushed back against the President’s discriminatory proposal to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military, argued in court against the discrimination of a same-sex couple when a bakery owner refused to create and sell a wedding cake to the couple, fought for the rights of transgender students to use restrooms matching their gender identity in their schools and we challenged the Justice Department guidance that uses religious beliefs as an excuse to weaken anti-discrimination laws. We also pushed the administration in taking a greater lead in preventing and responding to hate crimes and provided guidance to state legislatures and Congress on how to confront hate speech on college campuses while also protecting free speech. We fought these battles in court, filing amicus briefs challenging the legality of these regressive orders within the court of public opinion to build a more civil and just society.
ADL In Favor of Preserving DACA
DACA recipients are among the best and brightest of our nation and they had the courage to come out of the shadows to tell their stories and, relying on government promises, registered for DACA. Since the President rescinded DACA, hundreds of thousands of lives - the lives of teachers, lawyers, healthcare professionals, and members of the military - hang in the balance. ADL joined with other national civil rights organizations in supporting challenges to the decision to end DACA around the country, pointing out the harm this decision has on all aspects of society. Courts have stepped in to preserve DACA and protect Dreamers. And, Congress must pass a clean Dream Act to ensure permanent protections and they must do so quickly.
Challenging President Trump’s Immigration Ban and Other Executive Orders
In one of his first acts as president, President Trump attempted to push through an executive order calling for a ban on travel from several Muslim-majority countries. ADL opposed the executive order and attempts to revise the ban at every step of the way, filing legal briefs challenging the order, condemning the revised orders as discriminatory and calling out the policy as being intentionally designed to exclude one religious group based on appeals to xenophobia and fear.
Mexican Consulates and ADL Form Agreement to Fight Bigotry
In response to the rising tide of hate crimes and discrimination facing Mexican nationals and immigrants living in America, ADL and the Mexican Foreign Ministry signed an agreement in September creating a framework across the U.S. to provide assistance to people of Mexican heritage who are victims of discrimination, bigotry, bullying and hate crimes. The partnership is now offering guidance by experts on hate crimes, hate groups and discrimination available to the 50 Mexican consulates across the U.S.
ADL Education Resources on Immigration
ADL’s Education Department provides a variety of online resources to help educators talk with young people about immigration, immigrant rights and the various manifestations of anti-immigrant bias we have seen recently and historically. Topics include among others: immigration reform, family separations and detentions at the border, DACA and the DREAM Act.