Bishops file briefs on behalf of immigrants, refugees

Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs
Posted Apr 24, 2017

[Episcopal News Service] Editor’s note: This post has been updated to include links to both briefs and the names of additional bishops who signed onto either one or both of the briefs.  

Attorneys representing Episcopal bishops filed two friend-of-the-court briefs in support of immigrants and refugees, and in affirmation of two U.S. district court rulings, one in Hawaii and one in Maryland, in opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting immigration and suspending the federal refugee resettlement program. The brief filed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is here and the brief filed in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals is here.

On March 15, a federal judge in Hawaii halted Trump’s revised executive order that would have suspended the U.S. refugee program, and on March 16, a federal judge in Maryland issued an injunction saying the president’s revised travel ban was intended to discriminate against Muslims.

The following bishops signed onto one or both of the briefs:

The Rt. Rev. Gladstone B. Adams III
Provisional Bishop of the Episcopal Church of South Carolina

The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens
Bishop Suffragan of Connecticut

The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus
Bishop of California

The Rt. Rev. Barry L. Beisner
Bishop of Northern California

The Rt. Rev. Patrick Bell
Bishop of Eastern Oregon

The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas
Bishop of Connecticut

The Rt. Rev. Dan Edwards
Bishop of Nevada

The Rt. Rev. Thomas Ely
Bishop of Vermont

The Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves
Bishop of El Camino Real

The Rt. Rev. Scott Hayashi
Bishop of Utah

The Rt. Rev. Mark Lattime
Bishop of Alaska

The Rt. Rev. Dorsey W.M. McConnell
Bishop of Pittsburgh

The Rt. Rev. Robert O’Neill
Bishop of Colorado

The Rt. Rev. Rayford Ray
Bishop of Northern Michigan

The Rt. Rev. David Rice
Bishop of San Joaquin

The Rt. Rev. Gregory Rickel
Bishop of Olympia