(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/12/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a unanimous ruling by the three-judge 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding an earlier decision by a federal judge in Hawaii to block President Donald Trump's revised "Muslim ban” executive order.
Today’s ruling noted, “The President's authority is subject to certain statutory and constitutional restraints," but that Trump’s revised executive order “exceeded the scope of the authority delegated to him by Congress."
The ruling also states: “A reasonable, objective observer — enlightened by the specific historical context, contemporaneous public statements and specific sequence of events leading to its issuance — would conclude that the executive order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion.”
“Today’s ruling once again demonstrates the near-unanimity of judges in ruling against any type of ‘Muslim ban,’” said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri. “We welcome this ruling and believe it and the previous rulings in different courts outline a clear path that the Supreme Court should follow.”
Masri noted that CAIR filed an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief in the case.
Last month, CAIR similarly welcomed a ruling by the full panel of 13 judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond, Va., that refused to lift a nationwide injunction blocking President Trump’s revised “Muslim ban.”
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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