Amicus Brief

Hawaii v. Trump (U.S.C.A. 9th Circuit, 2017)

At issue in this case is President Trump’s second executive order on refugees which, among other things, temporarily banned travel from six majority-Muslim countries and suspended refugee resettlement in the United States for a period of 120 days. ADL had filed an amicus brief in the district court in Hawaii urging it to block enforcement of the executive order, which the court did on March 14, 2017. This brief, which was signed by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Union for Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and Women of Reform Judaism, urges the 9th Circuit to uphold the lower court ruling. It 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.