CAIR to Appeal Virginia Judge’s Ruling on Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban 2.0’

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/24/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today said it will appeal a ruling by Judge Anthony Trenga in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria, Va., on the Muslim civil rights organization’s request for injunction blocking the entirety of President Trump’s “Muslim Ban 2.0” executive order.

CAIR sought an even broader injunction against the executive order than what other judges in Hawaii and Maryland have imposed. At a hearing on Monday, 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.

Today Judge Trenga issued a ruling turning down that request for a broader injunction. In that ruling, Judge Trenga did note that the intent of the president’s order can be examined: “[T]he Court rejects the [administration’s] position that since President Trump has offered a legitimate, rational, and non-discriminatory purpose stated in EO-2, this Court must confine its analysis of the constitutional validity of EO-2 to the four corners of the Order.”

“Fortunately, this decision does not alter the injunctions that are already preventing the implementation of the Trump administration's illegal ‘Muslim ban 2.0’ executive order,” said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri. “We look forward to the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court weighing in on this matter, as those are the judicial bodies that will ultimately decide whether the Constitution protects the rights of Muslim Americans.”

“One positive result of today’s ruling is that the judge did find that American citizens who are Muslim are able to challenge the executive order, a holding that will help pave the way for critical litigation to endure,” said CAIR Co-Counsel Gadeir Abbas.

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. 

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

At that news conference, CAIR launched a “Register Me First” (#RegisterMeFirst) website, produced in partnership with a Los Angeles-based design and technology studio Use All Five, to challenge President Trump’s Islamophobic policies, including the Muslim ban and a proposed “Muslim registry.”

Registermefirst.com will provide an opportunity for anyone who wants to oppose the Muslim ban, any future Muslim registry or other unconstitutional actions by the Trump administration to join the broader movement challenging those unjust policies.

GO TO: Register Me First

Video: Register Me First

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: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html     

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 CAIR Co-Counsel Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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