Jenner & Block

Firm’s Amicus Brief Challenges Trump Administration’s Travel Ban

Jenner & Block submitted an amicus brief before the US Supreme Court, challenging the Trump administration’s ban on entry into the United States by people from six Muslim-majority countries.  Filed on behalf of 31 major colleges and universities, the brief argues that the ban “both threatens American higher education and offends important, defining principles of our country.”

The Court is scheduled on Oct. 10 to hear oral arguments in the matter, which stems from the administration’s revised order in March to block citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States.

“The Order directly threatens amici’s ability to attract persons not only from the six specified countries, but from around the world.  The Order contradicts the values that American colleges and universities have traditionally touted as benefits of studying and working here, including the freedom of religion and equality embodied in the First and Fourteenth Amendments,” according to the brief.

The same colleges and universities filed a brief in March with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit after the Trump administration appealed a Maryland federal judge’s nationwide preliminary injunction against the travel ban.  In April, they submitted a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit regarding a similar challenge before that court.  Both of those cases are now before the US Supreme Court.

The brief was written by Partners Thomas J. Perrelli and Lindsay C. Harrison and Associate Tassity S. Johnson.