On April 20, 2017, a group of 19 scholars of law and religious history, including Professor Nathan B. Oman of William & Mary Law School, filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit attacking President Trump's executive order banning immigration from six Muslim nations. According to Professor Oman, the brief emphasizes the dangers of targeting immigrants on the basis of religion, telling the story of the federal government's campaign against Mormon immigrants in the 19th century and its unfortunate legacy.
Read the scholars' announcement concerning the brief. Read the brief (opens .pdf).
Read what Professor Oman had to say about the brief in interviews featured in the Huffington Post, CNN.com,the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News. The brief was also the subject of a story in the Washington Post.
Professor Oman studies Mormon legal history and originally drafted the brief. The California Appellate Law Group LLP represent the scholars before the Ninth Circuit.
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