We are gratified by U.S. District Judge James Robart’s ruling in the Jewish Family Service v. Trump and ACLU of Washington v. Trump cases, issued on December 23. Judge Robart’s order largely blocked implementation of the Trump administration’s most recent refugee restrictions, which suspended the admission of refugees from 11 countries, nine of which are predominantly Muslim, for a minimum of 90 days. The restrictions also stopped the follow-to-join process, which reunites family members with refugees already in the U.S.
The decision follows our December 21 hearing in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.
We are grateful families will be reunited, and refugees who have suffered so much will be able to make it to safety. As we celebrate this moment, we remember our ancestors who did not have anyone standing with them or for them.
By Michele Rosen (President) and Rabbi Will Berkovitz (CEO)