(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/3/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today filed an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief on behalf of four American Muslims opposing the Trump administration’s "Muslim Ban 3.0" guidelines on what constitutes a close family relationship as a violation of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling and in support of the State of Hawaii’s successful challenge to those guidelines.
CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, argued in its brief that the four American Muslim citizens “would be irreparably harmed by enforcement of the State Department guidance.” [NOTE: Amici are represented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.]
Read CAIR’s Amicus Brief
"All Americans must have the same right to bring family members to visit them in the United States," said CAIR National Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas. "The Trump administration’s continued insistence on a constrained definition of close family reflects, ultimately, its desire to exclude as many Muslims from the United States as possible."
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court forbade the Trump administration from applying its Muslim Ban against any person with a “close familial relationship” to an individual inside the United States. And just last month, a district court judge in Hawaii rejected the Trump Administration’s attempt to exclude grandparents, cousins, and others from this definition, finding the Administration’s constrained definition to be the “antithesis of common sense.” The judge, for instance, referred to grandparents as “the epitome of close family members.”
The Washington-based civil rights organization recently launched an app to share critical 'know your rights' information and simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging Muslims to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
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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