NQAPIA Urges Federal Appeals Court to Oppose Trump’s Anti-Muslim Travel Ban

For Immediate Release: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. PT EMBARGOED
For More Information, Contact: Glenn Magpantay, 917-439-3158, glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org

NQAPIA Urges Federal Appeals Court to Oppose Trump’s Anti-Muslim Travel Ban

NQAPIA’s Amicus Brief Available at: bit.ly/hawaiivtrump

Seattle, WA Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear oral arguments in the case Hawaii v. Trump. The case challenges President Trump’s anti-Muslim travel ban which bars people from certain Muslim-majority countries and delays all refugees from coming to the United States.

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), the NYC Gay & Lesbian Anti Violence Project (AVP), and Immigration Equality, with the pro bono assistance of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, filed an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief in the case illustrating the impact of Trump’s Executive Orders on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Brief is here: bit.ly/hawaiivtrump.

NQAPIA received several complaints and provided legal assistance to LGBTQ Muslim people and others who were caught up in Trump’s orders. A federal court in Hawaii suspended the Executive Orders. That order is on appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

“Trump’s Executive Orders threaten the lives of immigrants and refugees from all walks of life. Our brief shows the Court how the anti-Muslim and anti-refugee ban have a direct impact on the lives of LGBTQ people and tears families apart,” said Glenn D. Magpantay, NQAPIA Executive Director.

The brief shows that many LGBTQ people live in countries, including those named in the EO, where homosexuality is criminalized. The EO prevents those who are fleeing oppression due to their sexual orientation or gender identity from entering the U.S. Barring their entry or simply delaying their application for refugee status prevents them from escaping persecution in their home countries or in refugee camps abroad.

Moreover, the brief illustrates the direct impact on the U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (“LPRs”) who have LGBTQ family members who are seeking refuge in the United States. If the EO goes into effect, U.S. citizens and LPRs will be deprived of their constitutionally-protected liberty and interests in maintaining familial relationships with their loved ones. For those citizens and LPRs with LGBTQ family members whose safety is jeopardized by their sexual orientation or gender identity, the threat to these constitutional liberty interests will be particularly profound.

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a nationwide federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations. We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBTQ AAPI groups, develop leadership, and expand collaborations to better challenge queerphobia and racism.

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