For Immediate Release:
MuBANY is proud to be the lead amici with 87 religiously affiliated organizations seeking a preliminary injunction to enjoin the Trump Administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program in New York, et al., v. Trump et. al, and Batalla Vidal v. Baran et. al, matters. Both matters are being heard by Judge Garaufis in the Eastern District of New York.
MuBANY has the unique opportunity to speak to legal issues including discrimination and equal protection. In this instance, MuBANY has taken the lead to speak on behalf of religiously affiliated institutions that find the termination of DACA to be contrary to law.
The amicus effort was spearheaded by Adeel Mangi – a former MuBANY board director and current MuBANY member. He is also a partner at Patterson Belknap, Webb & Tyler, LLP. The brief was drafted by teams at Patterson Belknap and Muslim Advocates. The brief describes why DACA is a just response to the humanitarian crisis existing with regard to undocumented individuals within the United States, and the irreparable harm that religious organizations and their congregants will face due to its termination - including how it may impact religious organizations' ability to act as sanctuary locations. The brief can be read here.
MuBANY thanks Adeel, Steven Zalesin, Zachery Kolodin, and Michael Fresco at Patterson Belknap, as well as Muslim Advocates for their efforts in assembling a compelling brief and impressive coalition in this amicus effort.