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Alert: Press Call on Becket filing in “travel ban” case Becket tells Supreme Court that cases were litigated under the wrong Religion Clause—should be sent back down

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Ryan Colby 202-349-7219

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This afternoon Becket urged the Supreme Court to review the Trump administration’s “travel ban” cases Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project and Trump v. Hawaii through the proper legal lens in order to protect people of faith. Currently, several groups, including the ACLU, are challenging the President’s Executive Order on immigration but are using the wrong legal framework to properly protect religious minorities.

Becket has a long track record of defending people of all faiths from religious targeting, including Muslims. Becket won the historic religious freedom victory for Muslims,Holt v. Hobbs, at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015.

The cases currently before the Supreme Court have been decided under the discredited and weak “Lemon Test,” which relies on subjective guesswork by judges about government motivation. Instead, these cases should be resolved using the Free Exercise Clause, which has a well-developed and objective test for stopping governments from targeting religious minorities. Using the right constitutional tests will lead to the best outcomes not just for Muslim immigrants, but for other religious minorities and all Americans who cherish their First Amendment protections.

Press call to discuss Becket’s amicus brief in Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project and Trump v. Hawaii

Becket Senior Counsel Mark Rienzi

Monday, June 12, 2:30 pm EST

888-670-9385 | Pin #: 54523
Email with questions


If the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear the case, oral argument would take place early next term.


For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Melinda Skea atmedia@becketlaw.orgor 202-349-7224.Interviews can be arranged in English, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.



Becket is a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions and has a 100% win-rate before the United States Supreme Court.For over 20 years, it has successfully defended clients of all faiths, includingBuddhists, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Native Americans, Sikhs, and Zoroastrians(read more here).