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BREAKING: CAIR Says U.S. Supreme Court's Decision on Trump’s Muslim Ban Ignores Impact on Citizens and Their Relatives Abroad

image001(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/4/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed deep concern over the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow President Trump’s “Muslim Ban” to be implemented until the court makes a final decision about the executive action's constitutionality. 

Earlier today, the court issued two orders staying the Hawaii and Maryland federal courts' injunctions that had, until today, largely prevented the Trump administration from implementing Muslim Ban 3.0's visa restrictions. 

Although this decision allows Muslim Ban 3.0 to go into effect now, the court could still find it unconstitutional at a later date.

"This decision ignores the very real human consequences to American citizens and their families abroad imposed by President Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0," said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri.

"The Supreme Court's actions today are a good reminder that we can't simply rely on the courts to address the Trump administration's efforts to marginalize Muslims and other minorities," said CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas. "We must all do everything we can to oppose Muslim Ban 3.0."

CAIR and the Brennan Center for Justice filed suit against President Trump's Muslim Ban on behalf of six American Muslims impacted by the immigration restrictions. Civil rights attorneys, including CAIR National attorney Gadeir Abbas, delivered oral arguments against the ban in mid-October.  

On appeal, this case, Zakzok v. Trump, was consolidated with two others and are jointly pending before the Fourth Circuit.  Oral argument in the Fourth Circuit is set for this Friday, December 8th, in Richmond, Va.

Video: CAIR, Other Civil Rights Groups Hold Presser After Md. Court Arguments on Trump’s Muslim Ban

In a broad ruling on October 18th, U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang granted CAIR and other groups' request for a nationwide injunction prohibiting the Trump administration from implementing its latest attempt to exclude Muslims from the United States. 

Judge Chuang ruled that the plaintiffs were likely to ultimately succeed in proving that anti-Muslim animus motivated the travel ban in violation of the Establishment Clause. He also noted that the ban violates federal law, which forbids the government from discriminating against visa applicants based on their nationality.

SEE: Second Judge Rules Against Latest Travel Ban, Saying Trump’s Own Words Show It Was Aimed at Muslims

Yesterday, CAIR welcomed a decision by another federal judge in Hawaii to block the Trump administration from implementing the ban. The judge’s decision only blocks the ban for 14 days.

 

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Federal Judge’s Decision to Block Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban 3.0’

Today, CAIR will join a coalition of national and local American Muslim and civil rights organizations at the #NoMuslimBanEver rally and march outside the White House in Washington, D.C.

In September, CAIR -- with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and Profeta & Eisenstein -- filed an amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of seven American Muslims.

READ Amicus Brief

These groups also filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit in August.

Read CAIR’s Amicus Brief

In January, just days after Trump signed the first Muslim ban executive order, CAIR filed suit. 

SEE: CAIR Files Federal Suit Challenging Constitutionality of Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Executive Order

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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CONTACT: CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-San Diego Marches for ‘Justice for Jonathon Coronel’

IMG 0905(SAN DIEGO, CA, 12/4/17) -- The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR-San Diego) last week co-sponsored the "Justice for Jonathon Coronel" march and rally led by the National Action Network (NAN).

SEE: http://nationalactionnetwork.net/

Jonathon Coronel was shot 16 times and killed in Vista by San Diego County sheriff’s deputy C. Villanueva in July of this year. He was unarmed and had reportedly surrendered. The rally called for an independent investigation into his death, the implementation of body cameras and a stop to alleged racist, harassing and retaliatory practices of the authorities. 

Co-sponsors included California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ) and Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). The march was also supported by Universidad Popular, Activist San Diego, Cop Watch, ACLU, and other. 

The march was attended by the family of Jonathon Coronel and other similarly-affected families, including the family of Sergio Weick, who was also shot and killed in incident involving Villanueva in 2016. 

Hanif Mohebi, executive director of CAIR San Diego said: "All forms of law enforcement abuses must stop. An independent investigation into Jonathon Coronel's death must be conducted and policies that will curb the number of lives lost as a result of discriminatory practices of authorities must be implemented. We all need to stand for Justice."

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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CAIR-NY Welcomes Guilty Plea of Woman Who Assaulted Muslim Women, Infant Children in Brooklyn

(NEW YORK, NY, 11/30/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the state’s leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the guilty plea of Emirjeta Xhelili, who pleaded guilty in Kings County Supreme Court to attacking two Muslim women and their infant children. 

On September 8, 2016, Xhelili attacked two Muslim women in the Bath Beach section of Brooklyn, punching them, kicking them, and trying to remove their traditional headscarves (hijabs) and face veils (niqabs).  Xhelili also tried to topple the strollers with their young children. Xhelili made several anti-Muslim statements during her attack, including: “get the f--k out of America, b-----s” and “this is America — you shouldn’t be different from us.”

Xhelili pleaded guilty to third degree assault as a hate crime, a felony; she was sentenced to six months in prison.

SEE: EXCLUSIVE: Bigot tried ripping off two Muslim women’s hijabs as they strolled with their babies in Brooklyn attack

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CAIR: 44 Groups Tell Senate to Vote ‘No’ on Islamophobic Alabama Judicial Nominee Brett Talley

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/30/2017) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), along with 43 other civil society, civil rights organizations, faith groups, and law offices sent a letter to every Senate office today strongly requesting a “NO” vote on the confirmation of Brett Joseph Talley for the position of United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama.

Prior to Talley’s November 9th nomination hearing, he failed to disclose to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee his frequent and numerous postings on TideFans.com under the username “BamainBoston,” concealing from the committee’s consideration his public record of making Islamophobic and disparaging remarks about American Muslims and Islam.

The groups agreed that Talley’s publicly-stated Islamophobic opinions that “mainstream” Islam preaches the “murder of nonbelievers” and his support for President Trump’s statement “Islam hates us,” demonstrate an unquestionable inability to be impartial with respect to the rights and religious freedom of American Muslims.

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