ADL: Circuit Court Decision Rightly Rejects Deeply Problematic Muslim Ban

New York, NY, May 25, 2017 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today applauded a decision from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals against President Trump’s revised Muslim ban.

In a 10-3 decision, the Fourth Circuit wrote that the order “drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.”

“The Fourth Circuit rightly rejected this deeply problematic order for what it is: a Muslim ban,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “Discriminating against immigrants and refugees based on their religion is unconstitutional and immoral. This country has always been at its best when it welcomed the stranger, and has looked back in shame when it shut its doors on those fleeing terror or seeking a better life. We are very pleased that the 4th Circuit recognized those truths.”

ADL, joined by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Union for Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and Women of Reform Judaism, filed a brief in International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump. The 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 law firm Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC prepared the brief on behalf of ADL and the law firm Cooley LLP served as local counsel.