Last night, justice prevailed again.
Just before President Trump’s executive order targeting refugees was scheduled to go into effect, federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland both ruled that the revised Muslim ban is unconstitutional.
This morning in Maryland, the judge who heard the HIAS v. Trump case issued a nationwide stop on the six-country ban. And last night in Hawaii, there was an even more sweeping verdict, as the judge temporarily blocked two key sections of the order.
Most importantly, the federal judge in Hawaii put a hold on the 120-day ban on refugees, as well as the substantially lowered cap on refugee admissions.
The bottom line is that on the eve of the United States betraying its own history and legacy of welcome, the law came down on our side. Again.
These rulings are a clear rejection of the politics of fear and hate, and a validation of the constitutional protections that prohibit targeting entire groups of people on the basis of their religion.
We know this win is only temporary, but rest assured, HIAS will continue to resist this ban every day until it is fully overturned.
The Jewish community knows the devastating consequences for refugees when doors are slammed shut. That’s why the Trump Administration’s intention to prevent thousands of displaced people from reaching safety and keep families separated will not happen without a fight.
In the coming weeks, months, and years, together we will work every day until the Muslim ban is permanently reversed. Nothing less than human lives and the national character of America is at stake.
In the days ahead, we will continue to provide you with ways that you can help us draw attention to the cruelty of these discriminatory policies, and to fight back.
But for today, we are grateful that this country will for now be able to continue its long legacy of welcoming victims of violence and persecution.
Thank you for standing with HIAS,
P.S. You can join the fight for refugees in the United States and around the world by making a direct contribution to our work. Please consider giving to HIAS today.
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