Dear Civil Rights Advocates,
The Monday after Donald Trump announced his Muslim ban, my legal team at the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and I filed a case in federal court to overturn the racist executive order—completely and permanently.
Today, I'm asking you to join our legal fight—in a real and substantial way—by adding your name as someone impacted by the order. And make no mistake—if you're Muslim or a friend or ally to Muslims, then you've been directly or indirectly impacted by this violation of the First Amendment.
At CAIR, our lawsuit was filed on behalf of 25 Muslims in the U.S. whose basic rights as citizens and residents are under attack. We know that there are many thousands more who are having their lives needlessly disrupted because of this executive action, which we're calling a modern-day "Muslim exclusion order."1
Later this week, a federal court in California will be deciding whether or not to uphold a temporary stay on the executive order. But we don't want to just put a pause on the ban—it needs to be thrown out entirely because of the way it targets Muslims—and only Muslims.
At the end of next week, we'll be adding a "friend of the court" briefing to our lawsuit—showing the massive popular rejection of Trump's Muslim ban. We're hoping to bring thousands of names to the judge. Will you add yours before then?
It took the courage of many Muslims—including MPower Change's own Linda Sarsour and others such as Zahra Billoo of CAIR-SFBA, Dawud Walid from CAIR-Michigan, and Namira Islam of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative—to add public names and faces to this lawsuit.
But perhaps the most radically impacted were the Jane Does and John Does listed as plaintiffs—everyday individuals suddenly subjected to the ban. They remain anonymous so that they aren't targeted by this vindictive administration, but they still had the courage to join this battle to protect all of our civil rights.
We've shown up by the thousands at airports to welcome immigrants and refugees. We've made thousands of calls to members of Congress asking them to stand up against the Muslim ban. And together, we've let the whole world know: Trump and his administration do not represent the rest of us or our values.
We're going to keep using all the means we have to fight back against Trump's illegal and immoral Muslim ban. Thanks for helping make it all possible.
Lena Masri, Esq.
National Litigation Director
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
in partnership with MPower Change
P.S. We know how petty and vengeful Trump can be—don't worry, we won't be sharing anything with the court other than your name.
1. "Biggest Lawsuit Yet Filed Against Donald Trump’s Immigration Order" The Daily Beast, Jan 30, 2017 http://act.mpowerchange.org/go/226?ak_proof=1&t=5&akid=.76969.1gmsb8
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/7/17) – The Council on American-Islamic relations (CAIR) is calling on all Americans to listen to the oral arguments later today in the case of State of Washington v. Trump on the president’s “Muslim ban” executive order.
CAIR is also asking Americans to call on their members of Congress to oppose this unconstitutional executive order by making statements, by writing dear colleague letters and by pushing the Trump administration, State Department, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to oppose such discriminatory policies.
Take Action Today – Urge Your Representatives in Congress to Push Back Against Trump’s Muslim Ban
CAIR has filed its own federal lawsuit on behalf of more than 20 named and “john doe” individuals challenging the constitutionality of President’s Trump’s recent “Muslim ban” executive order.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/4/2017) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the ruling by a federal judge in Seattle that orders a nationwide halt to enforcement of visa and refugee provisions of President Trump’s executive order barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations.
U.S. District Judge James Robart’s granted a request for a temporary restraining order “on a nationwide basis,” prohibiting federal employees from enforcing the so-called “Muslim ban” order.
SEE: Judge in Seattle Halts Trump’s Immigration Order Nationwide; White House Vows Fight
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) says it is reinstating visas and told U.S. airlines they could board travelers who had previously been barred by the executive order.
SEE: Seattle Judge Blocks Trump Immigration Order; Government to Appeal
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Because the Trump administration is vowing to appeal the ruling, CAIR is urging travelers to consider immediately contacting relevant airlines to inquire about rebooking their flights, with the recognition that the situation remains fluid.
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