EmergeUSA Welcomes ADL and Muslim Advocates Legal Challenges to Muslim Ban

WASHINGTON, DC --- EmergeUSA fully supports the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Muslim Advocates decision to file a legal brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit against President Trump's Executive Order which bans immigration and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The Muslim Advocates brief is joined by other Muslim American organizations including American Muslim Health Professionals, Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals (CAMP), Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA), Muppies, National Arab American Medical Association, and the Network of Arab American Professionals. It states that President Trump’s Executive Order unconstitutionally targets entire groups of people based on religion which consequently, harms American Muslim and Arab professionals who provide essential healthcare, education, legal and other services within the country and abroad. 

The ADL’s brief urges the court to block enforcement of the order, arguing that implementation of the order would cause “irreparable harm to countless people.” The ADL brief points to three examples of cases where ill treatment and banning of entire groups of people occurred:

  • The tragedy of the vessel St. Louis, filled with Jews fleeing the Nazis who were turned away from America’s shores in 1939 and sent back to Europe, where many of the passengers perished in the Holocaust;
  • The “Chinese Exclusion,” when a series of laws led to the exclusion of thousands of Chinese laborers in the 1800s; and
  • The internment of Japanese during World War II, when approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans, including 70,000 citizens, were sent to internment camps in the United States in the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

EmergeUSA continues to work with organizations and groups that aim to combat the Executive Order and its repercussions. The organization has recently set out to address the needs and concerns of the Muslim community in response to the Executive Order directly to Congress through its District Days: 100 Days of Muslim Advocacy Program.



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