Release Date: Friday, April 21, 2017
New York, NY – Bend the Arc has joined “friend of the court” briefs opposing President Donald Trump's revised Muslim and refugee ban on the grounds that it is an unambiguous and unconstitutional attempt to single out members of a religious group for discrimination based solely upon their religion, in cases before the Fourth Circuit and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals. Bend the Arc Jewish Action's sister organization, Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, joined both the Fourth Circuit brief, which was filed earlier this week, and the Ninth Circuit brief, which will be filed today. The amicus briefs, which describe the executive order as a “punishing ban on Muslim immigrants and visitors,” were authored by Americans United for Separation of Church and State and were also joined by the Southern Poverty Law Center, The Riverside Church in the City of New York, and several clergy members. The briefs argue that the ‘Muslim Ban 2.0,’ issued by President Trump following a series of court rulings against the original ban, violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution, which prevents the government not only from designating a state religion, but also from singling out one religion for condemnation or disfavor.