ADL Condemns Executive Order on Immigration as Another Muslim Ban

New York, NY, March 6, 2017 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today strongly condemned President Trump’s new executive order on immigration and refugees, saying the order was still effectively a Muslim ban that will be challenged in the courts.

“While some of the initial executive order has been revised, the message is the same: that Muslims and refugees who are fleeing for their lives are not welcome on our shores,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “To be sure, rigorous screening for everyone seeking to enter the U.S. is vital, but this order appears to be designed to exclude one religious group and is nothing less than a page taken from the anti-immigrant movement’s playbook. This is an appeal to xenophobia and fear.”

Although the executive order has slightly different language and provisions, much remains the same. It still bars all refugee resettlement for 120 days, blocks entry into the United States for people from six majority-Muslim countries for 90 days and calls for “extreme” vetting.

The 9th Circuit and other courts around the country blocked enforcement of the President’s first executive order on immigration and refugees.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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