Karamah Logo

News & Events

KARAMAH Files Amicus Curiae in Trump v. Hawaii.

On September 15, 2017, KARAMAH filed anamicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in the case Trump v. Hawaii(consolidated with Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project).

KARAMAH submitted this brief to assist the Court in understanding the severe and detrimental effect Executive Order 13,780 has on women and children, who make up the majority of affected immigrants and refugees seeking to enter the United States. The brief argued that Executive Order 13,780, commonly referenced as the Muslim Ban, violates the Immigration and Nationality Act and contravenes U.S. national security and foreign policy because the Order disproportionately impacts women and children. We reasoned that the Muslim Ban demonizes refugees, including innocent women and children, for the very acts of violence they are trying to escape. Further, the current administration has not produced or published a relevant national security policy to support its position. Current policies, including executive orders that remain from before the 2016 election, explicitly advance our national security interests in protecting women and children who are refugees.

On October 10, the Court will hear arguments on the Muslim Ban.

KARAMAH especially thanks the team at Sheppard Mullin who assisted in the drafting of the brief and who are pro bono counsel to KARAMAH. We are so grateful for their support.

The brief is publicly available on SCOTUSblog. To read KARAMAH’s earlier white paper on the Muslim Ban, please visit our website.