(This post has been updated.) A three judge panel from, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear oral arguments this evening (6:00 pm EST and 3:00 pm PST) in the Trump administration’s appeal of an order issued over the weekend by a federal judge in Washington state striking down the president’s orders to exclude immigrants from select countries.
Not surprisingly, the appeals court has been flooded with amicus (friend of the court) briefs from a wide array of interested parties — most of whom oppose the immigrant ban and support the lower court ruling. A brief supporting the Trump administration was filed by a collection of gun rights and anti-immigrant groups.
Among those opposing the ban: the American Civil Liberties Union, the Korematsu Center for Law & Equality, the Service Employees International Union, the Anti-Defamation League, groups of law professors and constitutional scholars, at least 17 individual state attorneys general (including North Carolina’s Josh Stein) and a bevy of technology companies and other large private firms.
The latter brief from the tech companies provides a fascinating and powerful history of American immigration and its critical importance to our nation and its economy and the folly of the Trump exclusion rules. To quote:
“The Executive Order abandons those [traditional American] principles—and inflicts significant harm on 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.”
The brief is signed or endorsed by 98 major U.S. companies (including Groupon, Inc. which filed its own motion to join the brief). Here’s the list of the other 97 in case you want to check it out for future reference:
19. Chobani, LLC
20. Citrix Systems, Inc.
79. Square, Inc.