Amicus Brief

HIAS v. Trump (U.S. District of Maryland, 2019)

This case involves a challenge to an Executive Order (EO) that requires state and local officials to consent in writing to refugees being resettled within that state and locality before the refugees can live there. Agencies that work with refugees to help them resettle within the United States sued to stop the EO from going into effect. ADL joined an interfaith amicus brief prepared by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and joined by 27 other coalition partners in support of the refugee resettlement agencies. The brief provides an interfaith perspective on the importance of helping refugees; the experience certain faiths, including Judaism, have had as refugees themselves; and the negative impact of the EO on the refugee resettlement and advocacy work of amici.