LOS ANGELES – The Legal Committee of Jews United for Democracy and Justice (JUDJ) made the following statement today regarding the administration’s Executive Order regarding travel and immigration:
“The Legal Committee of Jews United for Democracy and Justice condemns the revised executive order on immigration issued on March 6. Like the first, this travel ban targets nationals of only predominantly-Muslim countries and the evidence is overwhelming that it was motivated by the intent to target Muslims.
“As children of immigrants, we American Jews are keenly aware of how destructive discrimination on the basis of religion and national origin can be. Such discrimination violates the principles of religious liberty and equality and is prohibited by the Establishment Clause and Equal Protection Clauses of the Constitution. Beyond its constitutional defects, the ban on immigrants and refugees fleeing violence and religious persecution is immoral and deeply inhumane and stands in violation of all that we hold dear both as Americans and as Jews.”
Ellen Aprill, Melissa Balaban, Erwin Chemerinsky, Yoni Fife, Sean Hecht, Stephanie Gold, Janice Kamenir-Reznik, Max Kanin, Luis Lainer, David A. Lash, Abby Leibman, Laurie Levenson, Mel Levine, Douglas MIrell, E. Randol Schoenberg, Nomi M. Stolzenberg, Adam Wergeles, Jonathan Zasloff, and Helen Zukin