(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/16/20) – On Tuesday, January 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia, will hear arguments over whether civil rights groups can proceed in challenging the Trump administration's Muslim ban based on its discriminatory intent.
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, and other civil rights groups are urging members of the public to join them that morning to show up in court and -- after the court hearing concludes -- join them outside for a press conference and rally.
The day’s events will also mark the third anniversary of Trump’s first Muslim Ban executive order 13769, which was issued on January 27, 2017.
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DATE: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
TIME: Showing up in Court: Lining up to witness court proceedings begins at 8:30 AM outside the courthouse. Courthouse doors open at 8:45 AM. The hearing will take place in room 207. The court will begin hearing cases at 9:30 AM.
COURTHOUSE RULES ON ELECTRONIC DEVICES: Cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed in the courtroom unless you are an attorney.
TIME: Press Conference and Rally: Immediately following the Muslim ban hearing, a press conference and rally will take place outside the courthouse. The press conference will take place sometime between 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM.
NOTE ON EVENT’S TIMING: Because the Muslim ban case is one of several being heard by the court that morning, the court will notify the public at 9:30 am EST when the Muslim ban oral argument will take place. Press conference and rally event organizers will issue a corresponding updated media advisory and make a separate announcement on the Facebook Event Page.***
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Lewis F. Powell, Jr. United States Courthouse & Annex
1000 - 1100 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Sponsors of the day’s anti-Muslim ban courtroom event, press conference and rally include:
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
American Civil Liberties Union
ACLU of Maryland
ACLU of Virginia
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
International Refugee Assistance Project
Justice For Muslims Collective
National Immigration Law Center
No Muslim Ban Ever Campaign
In May 2019, a federal district court in Maryland rejected the Trump administration's attempt to throw out a case filed by a coalition of leading civil rights groups alleging that the Muslim ban could not be explained by anything other than a bigoted purpose and, as a result, is unconstitutional even under the Supreme Court's decision in Trump v. Hawaii.
The district court found that that the lawsuit plausibly asserted that the President had "exhibit[ed] religious animus toward Muslims and articulat[ed] a desire to ban Muslims from entering the United States." Judge Chuang allowed the civil rights groups’ challenge to move forward, because the facts asserted "support a conclusion that the Proclamation was issued for the illegitimate purpose of advancing fear and hatred toward Muslims."
With that district court decision, civil rights groups would have been able to conclusively prove in a court of law that the Muslim Ban's genesis and its implementation were rooted in prejudice and provide a formal accounting of this historic injustice. Unfortunately, soon after the Maryland federal court's decision was issued, the Fourth Circuit stayed the case pending a hearing and ruling reviewing it by the Fourth Circuit.
The hearing will address three cases being considered in parallel by the federal court:
International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Maryland, National Immigration Law Center, and International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) on behalf of HIAS, IRAP, the Middle East Studies Association, Yemeni American Merchants Association, and the Arab American Association of New York.
Iranian Alliances Across Borders v. Trump, brought by Muslim Advocates, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Covington & Burling LLP on behalf of Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB), the Iranian Students’ Foundation (ISF), and four individual plaintiffs.
Zakzok v. Trump, brought by CAIR, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Jethro Eisenstein of Profeta & Eisenstein, and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.