(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/22/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, tonight applauded the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ unanimous decision against the Trump administration’s “Muslim Ban 3.0.”
In ruling against the federal government, the court made it clear that the administration’s attempt to inject national origin discrimination into the US immigration system likely violates federal law.
Because the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed the administration to implement Muslim Ban 3.0 while the various legal challenges against it unfold, the Ninth Circuit’s decision will not have any immediate effect on the ability of foreign nationals from the banned countries to obtain a US visa.
The Ninth Circuit expressed alarm at Muslim Ban 3.0, explaining that it “sweeps broader than any past entry suspension and indefinitely nullifies existing immigration law as to multiple countries.” The Court also recognized the human cost of Muslim Ban 3.0, noting that the “rights, duties and relations of countless American citizens and lawful permanent residents whose ability to be reunified with, and receive visits from, their family members” would be inhibited.
“Discrimination has no place in our immigration system, and the Ninth Circuit’s decision today reminds us of this,” said CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas. “This decision is just the latest example of a federal court taking bold action against the Trump administration’s bigotry and lawlessness.”
In August, CAIR filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit in support of Hawaii’s challenge to Muslim Ban 2.0.
Read CAIR’s Amicus Brief
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.
CAIR filed one of the first challenges to the Muslim Ban, Sarsour v. Trump, on January 30th—just days after the Trump Administration issued its first executive order.
CAIR also filed suit in October in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland to challenge Muslim Ban 3.0.
For a copy of the lawsuit, click here: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/cairhq/pages/15094/attachments/original/1523601595/Zakzok_v._Trump_5b10.6.20175d.pdf?1523601595
That case, Zakzok v. Trump, which has been consolidated with two other challenges and is currently pending before the Fourth Circuit.
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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