CAIR Legal Team Seeks Wider Injunction on Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban 2.0’

CAIR National logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/22/2017) – Attorneys with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) yesterday appeared before Judge Anthony Trenga at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria, VA., to seek an injunction blocking the entirety of President Trump’s “Muslim Ban 2.0” executive order.

CAIR is seeking an even broader injunction against the executive order than what other judges in Hawaii and Maryland have imposed. At Monday’s hearing, CAIR Co-Counsel Gadeir Abbas argued that Section 3 of the order, which impacts how those applying for visas can seek waivers, remains in force despite the rulings in other states.

SEE: Muslim Advocacy Group Seeks Broader Travel-Ban Injunction

“The entire ‘Muslim Ban 2.0’ executive order, like its predecessor, serves to stigmatize Muslims and to demonize Islam,” said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri.

CAIR filed for the injunction on behalf of an American citizen - among others - seeking to be reunited with a foreign-born spouse, as well as for students whose ability to visit their families abroad would be imperiled by the executive order. 

SEE: Brief in Support of CAIR’s Emergency Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and/or Preliminary Injunction

CAIR is also representing more than 20 Muslims who are subject to the stigmatization resulting from the executive order. 

Earlier this month, CAIR held a news conference at its Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C., to respond to the signing of President Trump’s new “Muslim Ban 2.0” executive order. In his prepared statement for the news conference, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said: “This scaled-back order represents a partial victory for Americans fighting for the rights of immigrants in the U.S. and directly responds to several immigration cases and scenarios brought forward in CAIR’s anti-ban lawsuit.”

SEE: CAIR Calls Trump’s Scaled-Back ‘Muslim Ban 2.0’ a ‘Partial Victory,’ Will Continue to Challenge Unconstitutional Order

VIDEO: CAIR Muslim Ban 2.0 News Conference

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CAIR Demands Apology for Virginia GOP’s Anti-Mosque ‘Smears’

CAIR National logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/22/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today demanded that the Republican Party of Virginia apologize for circulating an anti-Muslim petition attacking the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va., at which that state’s Attorney General Mark R. Herring spoke during a recent a town hall meeting on the Trump Administration’s “Muslim Ban” executive orders.

SEE: Va. GOP blasts Herring for visiting Falls Church mosque

Video: Watch Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring’s Town Hall Address

While Virginia GOP officials, and recently the FBI, have taken part in public functions at that mosque, the Virginia GOP’s website falsely smears it as being “terror-linked” and demands that Attorney General Herring “apologize to the victims of terrorism.”

In a statement, CAIR Director of Government Affairs Robert McCaw said:

“The Republican Party of Virginia must immediately apologize for falsely smearing one of Northern Virginia’s most civically-engaged and respected houses of worship.

“It’s absolutely deplorable that the Virginian GOP would attack Attorney General Mark Herring for visiting the same mosque that many of its own officials attended when seeking to connect with and gain the support of Muslims in Northern Virginia.

“The Republican Party of Virginia’s anti-Muslim smears coincide with at least four mosques being burnt in recent weeks nationwide and with a surge of attacks targeting religious minorities and immigrants.

“The Virginia GOP’s smears and anti-Muslim bigotry threaten the safety and security of American Muslim across the state and the nation.”

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CAIR-Minnesota Calls for Hate Crime Probe After Muslim Woman is Followed, Threatened

cair logos minnesota(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 3/22/17) -- The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on law enforcement authorities to investigate an incident in which a Muslim woman was allegedly followed and then threatened by two people in Minneapolis as a possible hate crime. 

According to the alleged victim, who was wearing an Islamic head scarf (hijab) and was with her one-year-old child, the two people followed her for 7-8 minutes while she was driving and then blocked her from parking her car. One of those two people, a woman, then reportedly approached the Muslim woman’s car and started shouting abuse and obscenities including, "You should f***ing go home, and you should be f***ing deported," and threatened to "rip her face off if she sees her again.”

The Minneapolis Police Department is looking in to the incident, including examining surveillance video from the neighboring stores. 

"This incident is alarming and appears to be the result of growing Islamophobia -- and it must be treated with the seriousness it deserves," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. "It’s troubling to know that Muslim women in our state have to fear going about in their daily lives." 

Hussein noted that this is the second such incident in the span of a week in Minnesota. This past Saturday, a Muslim woman was followed and harassed by a man in Moorhead, Minn.    

SEE: Muslim Group Calls for Charges After Hijab-Wearing Moorhead Woman Harassed in Supermarket 

CAIR’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C., has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.

Video: FBI Meets with Mosque Targeted by Anti-Islam Letter After CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe

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CAIR Seeks ‘Full Review’ of Rules of Engagement After Second Deadly U.S. Airstrike on Syrian Civilians

CAIR National logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/22/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for a “full review” of current rules of engagement in the conflict with ISIS in Syria following a second deadly U.S.-led airstrike in that nation that killed at least 33 civilians in a school used as a shelter for displaced people.

SEE: U.S. Investigates Airstrike in Syria That Activists Say Killed  Civilians

Last week, CAIR called for a “full and transparent” investigation of allegations that the U.S. military conducted an airstrike on a Syrian mosque, leaving dozens of worshipers dead and injured.

SEE: CAIR Calls for ‘Full and Transparent’ Probe of Alleged U.S. Airstrike on Syrian Mosque

US Military Launches Investigation of Strike Near Mosque in Syria

In a statement, CAIR said:

“With two recent attacks by U.S.-led forces in which so many Syrian civilians were killed and injured, it is imperative that our military and political leaders conduct a full review of the rules of engagement in that conflict to ensure that civilians are protected and that our nation’s values are maintained. Targeting civilians, even by accident or incompetence, is not only a tragedy for the loved ones of the dead and injured, but also harms America’s struggle against terrorism by alienating those we seek to protect.”

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at:

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.

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