Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Trump v. Hawaii, the lawsuit challenging the latest iteration of the Muslim and Refugee Ban. As we have done in circuit courts across the country, Immigration Equality submitted a friend of the court brief to the Supreme Court in advance of today’s hearing, in partnership with a coalition of LGBTQ rights organizations and pro bono firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. In it, we lay out the case for why the Ban is so dangerous for the LGBTQ community!
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals previously ruled against the Ban and cited our brief, Immigration Equality et al., in their decision:
“The [Ban] also risks denying lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (‘LGBTQ’) individuals in the United States the opportunity to reunite with their partners from the affected nations… The [Ban] allows that it ‘may be appropriate’ to grant waivers to foreign nationals seeking to reside with close family members in the United States… But many of the affected nations criminalize homosexual conduct, and LGBTQ [immigrants] will face heightened danger should they choose to apply for a visa from local consular officials on the basis of their same-sex relationships… The public interest is not served by denying LGBTQ persons in the United States the ability to safely bring their partners home to them.”
Our community is under attack, but we continue to strike back! Now the Supreme Court will consider the grave implications of this Ban, and likely issue a ruling in June. We will make sure to keep you updated about this crucial fight. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the most update to date news affecting LGBTQ immigrants.
Aaron C. Morris
Executive Director, Immigration Equality
Excerpt from our friend of the court brief. Read the full text here.