Lynne Bernabei and Alan Kabat Author Amicus Brief Challenging Trump’s Travel Ban

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

Lynne Bernabei and Alan Kabat co-authored an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the NAACP and nine other non-profit legal groups, in the appeal challenging the Trump Administration’s Executive Order that banned immigration from a number of countries.

Their amicus brief argued that the Executive Order improperly promoted social categorization and stereotyping of minority immigrants, thereby endangering the lives and well-being of numerous individuals because of their religion.

On May 25, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued its en banc decision upholding the injunction against the Executive Order, agreeing with the plaintiffs and amicus that the Executive Order improperly discriminated on the basis of religion.  The majority opinion concluded that the Executive Order "drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination."  The government appealed both that decision and a related case to the U.S. Supreme Court, with oral argument set for October 10, 2017.