(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/25/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said today that the cancellation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s October hearing on “Muslim ban” cases shows that the federal courts must broadly prohibit religious discrimination by the government. #NoMuslimBanEver
Earlier today, the court canceled oral arguments that were set for next month on President Trump's “Muslim ban” executive orders. The court removed the issue from its October 10 session after Trump issued a new set of travel restrictions Sunday. The travel ban cases were not dropped entirely, but were removed from the court's oral argument calendar while new briefs are filed on the impact of the latest version of the ban.
The move leaves in place an earlier Supreme Court stay that blocks much of Trump’s previous executive order, allowing immigrants and refugees with a “bona fide relationship” to still enter the United States and apply for visas.
“The arrival of the ‘Muslim ban 3.0’ on Sunday and the cancellation of the October U.S. Supreme Court hearing indicate that federal courts must broadly prohibit Trump administration officials from using religion as a basis for any decision at the border or in the visa and immigration system,” said CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas. “We need this broad prohibition so that we don't have to later litigate a Muslim Ban 4.0 and 5.0.”
Earlier today, CAIR held a news conference on this issue at its Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C.
CAIR also issued a community advisory on the ban.
CAIR Community Advisory: What You Should Know About Muslim Ban 3.0
Yesterday, CAIR said the latest version of President Trump’s Muslim ban executive order is just one part of the administration’s “ugly white supremacist agenda.”
On Friday, CAIR urged the Trump Administration to refrain from issuing a new Muslim ban, noting that more stealthy attempts to implement that controversial executive order will be just as “unconstitutional and un-American” as the previous attempts.
Last week, CAIR announced the filing of an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of seven American Muslims opposing the Trump administration’s original Muslim ban and urging the court to declare it unconstitutional.
READ CAIR’s Amicus Brief
In its brief, CAIR argued that the seven American Muslim citizens “have seen increased discrimination, hate speech, and threats of violence as a result of the anti-Muslim animus that underpins” the Muslim ban. [NOTE: Those listed in the amicus brief (“amici”) are represented by CAIR and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.]
That brief was the latest CAIR legal filing on the Trump administration’s efforts to implement its Muslim ban. In January, just days after Trump signed the first Muslim ban executive order, CAIR filed suit.
CAIR has also filed two amicus briefs in the Ninth Circuit.
CAIR Files Amicus Brief in the Ninth Circuit on Behalf of Four American Muslims Impacted by Muslim Ban 3.0
The Washington-based civil rights organization recently launched an app to share critical 'know your rights' information and simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging Muslims to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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Dear Community Members,
Muslim Ban 3.0 (“MB-3”) was signed yesterday. We are reviewing it to see how exactly it will be rolled out, but some general information based on what we know now is included below. Please note that this information is subject to change based on the various legal challenges that may be advanced in court. Please check back frequently for the most up-to-date information.
Part of MB-3 went into effect this afternoon, September 24th. The remainder will go into effect on October 18th, 2017. Much of the old order (Muslim Ban 2.0), signed on March 6, 2017, also partially expires today. The portions of Muslim Ban 2.0 impacting refugees specifically will continue until October 24, 2017. Despite this change, the temporary court order placing the old order on hold is still active, until the U.S. Supreme Court’s hearing on October 10, 2017.
Who Will Be Impacted?
Travel Restriction for Nationals of Eight Countries - Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Venezuela, Syria, and Yemen
* General limitations
o MB-3 only applies to individuals who are i) outside of the U.S. on the day MB-3 goes into effect, and ii) who do not have a valid visa on the day MB-3 goes into effect, and iii) who have not obtained a waiver under Section 3(c).
(BALTIMORE, MD, 9/25/17) -- On Monday, September 25, the Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will be joined by Maryland Muslim leaders to respond to President Trump's expanded travel ban and encourage impacted families to contact the organization's civil rights department to seek legal assistance.
WHAT: CAIR, Maryland Muslim Leaders, to Hold Press Conference Offering Reaction to President Trump's Expanded Travel Ban
WHEN: Monday, September 25th, 7:30pm
WHERE: CAIR Maryland Office, 6120 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 2D, Baltimore, MD 21228
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/24/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said today that the latest version of President Trump’s “Muslim ban” executive order signed this evening is just one part of the administration’s “ugly white supremacist agenda.” #NoMuslimBanEver
CAIR said the new order places restrictions on travel to the United States from eight countries and comes as the previous ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries was set expire today.
Trump kept restrictions on five of the six Muslim-majority nations – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen – and added new restrictions on visitors from Chad, North Korea and Venezuela.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/22/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, urged the Trump Administration to refrain from issuing a new “tailored” Muslim Ban, noting that more stealthy attempts to implement that controversial executive order will be just as “unconstitutional and un-American” as the previous attempts. #NoMuslimBanEver
CAIR says that while the new Muslim ban the Trump Administration is contemplating includes more specific restrictions tailored to individual countries, the unconstitutional origin of the policy remains.
In a statement reacting to the impending announcement of the new Muslim ban, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“However it is retooled, revamped or refurbished -- a Muslim ban is a Muslim ban is a Muslim ban. It remains the same rotten fruit from a poisonous tree.