City of San Diego Joins Others in. Amicus Brief in Challenge to Travel Ban

Feb 15, 2016 (San Diego) The San Diego City Council voted in closed session whether to join other cities and organizations in issuing an amicus brief (friend of the court) statement against the travel ban. This vote was 8-1 with Scott Sherman (D-7), being the dissenting vote.

Council member Chris Ward (D-3) issued the following statement:

SAN DIEGO – (Tuesday, February 14, 2017) – San Diego Councilmember Chris Ward (District Three) made the following statement following the City Council’s 8-1 vote to join the amicus brief opposing the Presidential Executive Order restricting non-citizen travel to the United States:

“Today the City Council took a bold vote to join the amicus brief challenging the Presidential Executive Order restricting non-citizen travel to the United States, and I commend my colleagues for taking this critical action in support of those we represent. I’ve been overwhelmed in recent months as tens of thousands of San Diegans have mobilized themselves in defense of each other and the values of respect and inclusiveness that define our city. I’ve been proud to stand with them in those efforts and today, I’m proud that their City Council has said loud and clear that we will continue to fight for you. This is an important first step to begin defining how San Diego will respond to efforts which threaten to undermine the safety of our communities and the human rights of all our neighbors, but we know it won’t be the last. Our constituents are right to expect strong action from elected leaders and today I am reminded that together we can accomplish important things.”

With this action the city joins a growing number of civil rights organizations, individuals and industry to send these briefs. Among them are Technology companies, such as CiSCO system, Google and Facebook. There are smaller companies such as MogoDB. Inc, as well as GoDaddy, Inc, and Login, Inc.

Redfin is also part of this list.

Among the organizations joining this are the American Jewish Federation, the American Immigration Council, Freedom Watch, Muslim Advocate, and the Anti-Defamation league.

The court maintains a list here.

Moreover, the Silicon Valley Business Journal has an up to date list of companies, large and small opposed to the ban

The legal brief issued by these companies is clear. The order hurts their operations directly:

American business, innovation, and growth as a result. The Order makes it more difficult and expensive for U.S. companies to recruit, hire, and retain some of the world’s best employees. It disrupts ongoing business operations. And it threatens companies’ ability to attract talent, business, and investment to the United States.

Among governments,, we have both state and local governments now issuing briefs., In California, Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed such a document, in support of the lawsuit primarily brought by the State of Washington, For some background, the State of Texas used the courts to stop the implementation of Barak Obama’s expansion of the Dreamer Act to their parents. A state going to court is hardly unprecedented.

Among all the briefs, this one caught our attention, It is from Americans United for Separation of Church and State. This section cut to the core of the matter, regarding the establishment clause of the United States Constitution.

What is more, it is not only the targeted Muslims who will be affected by the implementation of the Executive Order. The seismic shift in this Nation’s treatment of a religious minority will be felt by families, neighborhoods, houses of worship, local businesses, and, as the district court recognized, public universities and other public institutions. All will suffer the loss of valued employees, customers, relatives, and members of the community.

The city is also joining, among other cities, the City of Chicago. The number of civil rights organizations, as well as businesses joining with cities and sates, shows the wide spread effect of this ban on the economy.

While the order was stayed by a three judge panel, while the White House has vowed to continue to fight it in the courts, and last Friday there were hints that the White House would issue a new order, it has not happened yet.


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