(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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Prohibit Religious Litmus Tests for Immigrants and Travelers
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/2/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on all Americans to urge their elected representative in the U.S. House to support the Freedom of Religion Act, introduced by Congressman Don Beyer (D-Va.).
The prohibits religious litmus tests for people seeking to enter the United States. While religious profiling undermines American ideals, there is currently no law that prohibits such tests in our immigration system.
“This act has the ability to undo some of the worst provisions of President Trump’s Muslim ban executive order,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Robert S. McCaw.
He said CAIR believes that religious based immigration or travel bans hurt the United States, our relationships abroad and makes us less safe.
President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban is an exclusion order that is Islamophobically driven and unlawfully bars Muslims entering into America. This executive order is not based on security, or facts, and is only based on anti-Muslim bigotry.
CAIR has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of more than 20 named and “john doe” individuals challenging the constitutionality of President’s Trump’s “Muslim ban” order.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/2/17) – The Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on all Americans to urge their elected representatives in Congress to push back against President Trump’s “Muslim Ban” executive order.
Take Action Today – Urge Your Representatives in Congress to Push Back Against Trump’s Muslim Ban
CAIR is asking Americans to call on 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.
CAIR has filed a 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.
Trump recently said the order banning travelers from seven predominant Muslim nations is a "necessary action" to protect religious freedom in the U.S. – characterizing Muslims as “those who would seek to enter our country for the purpose of spreading violence, or oppressing other people based upon their faith or their lifestyle.” He added, “We will not allow a beachhead of intolerance to spread in our nation."