Amicus Brief

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

At issue in this case is President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) which, among other things, temporarily banned the entry of people from seven majority-Muslim countries, suspended entry into the United States for refugees, and prioritized the entry of refugees who are religious minorities in their home countries and who are fleeing religious persecution. ADL filed an amicus brief in support of Washington State’s challenge to the EO. The brief urges the court to block enforcement of the order, asserting that implementation would almost certainly cause irreparable harm to countless people. It traces America’s history as a nation dedicated to the ideals of equality, liberty and justice, noting that throughout history, and often with respect to immigration, our ideals have been tested. The brief points to three historic examples for which the United States has later issued apologies—the tragedy of the St. Louis, the “Chinese Exclusion” Acts, and the internment of the Japanese during World War II—to argue that history will almost certainly look back on this order as a shameful example of the nation sacrificing its core values in favor of prejudice and fear.