(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/16/17) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a vote by Maryland state lawmakers to expand the state attorney general's power to challenge unconstitutional federal policies and presidential executive orders.
The joint resolution allows Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration for actions that are deemed to infringe on Marylanders' rights or access to health care, civil liberties, economic security, environment, immigration or international travel.
In a testimony submitted to relevant Committee Members on the issue, CAIR wrote in part:
"Maryland is home to hundreds of thousands of Muslims – some of whom are refugees and immigrants; some of whom hail from one of the seven countries listed on the Muslim ban; the vast majority of whom are law-abiding citizens who contribute to society, pay taxes and seek to make a better life for themselves and their loved ones. Our state and our country are richer for their contributions.
Every avenue possible must be explored to challenge unconstitutional, immoral policies. And we must empower our state’s chief law enforcement officer to challenge them to the fullest extent of the law."
"We consider it a positive sign that lawmakers fast-tracked this vote as we anticipate a revised version of the so-called 'Muslim Ban' from the White House any day now," said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry. "Governor Hogan's silence on Trump's executive orders is troubling. But now Attorney General Frosh has the authorization in this turbulent political climate to swiftly act to protect Maryland's impacted communities."
AG Frosh joined fifteen other states' Attorneys General to file an amicus brief in support of the lawsuit brought against the 'Muslim Ban' by Washington State.
The 23-page brief filed with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals stated in part, “Although the amici States’ residents, institutions, industries, and economies differ in various ways, we now all stand together in facing concrete, immediate and irreparable harms from the Executive Order.”
In a statement after the filing of the brief, AG Frosh noted:
“The Executive Order has already generated confusion, disappointment, and fear. It is not only a policy that is unwise and dangerous, but it is a policy that is inhumane, inappropriate and un-American. As Attorneys General, we have the responsibility to fight this unconstitutional order and uphold the law.”
SEE: Amicus Brief Text
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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