Thursday, December 12, 2019

Trump Signs Executive Order On Title VI and Anti-Semitism

President Trump yesterday issued an Executive Order on Combating Anti-Semitism. The Order reads in part:
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), 42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq., prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance.  While Title VI does not cover discrimination based on religion, individuals who face discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin do not lose protection under Title VI for also being a member of a group that shares common religious practices.  Discrimination against Jews may give rise to a Title VI violation when the discrimination is based on an individual’s race, color, or national origin.
It shall be the policy of the executive branch to enforce Title VI against prohibited forms of discrimination rooted in anti-Semitism as vigorously as against all other forms of discrimination prohibited by Title VI....
The Executive Order goes on to provide that in enforcing Title VI, executive departments shall consider the definition of anti Semitism adopted ... by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, and "the 'Contemporary Examples of Anti-Semitism' identified by the IHRA, to the extent that any examples might be useful as evidence of discriminatory intent."

The White House issued a Fact Sheet on the Order which, as reported by AP, was signed during a White House Hanukkah reception.