(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/19/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced the filing of an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of seven American Muslims opposing the Trump administration’s Muslim Ban and urging the court to declare it unconstitutional.
READ CAIR’s Amicus Brief
In its brief, CAIR argued that the seven American Muslim citizens “have seen increased discrimination, hate speech, and threats of violence as a result of the anti-Muslim animus that underpins” the Muslim Ban. [NOTE: Those listed in the amicus brief (“amici”) are represented by CAIR and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.]
“The experience of these Muslim community leaders leaves no doubt about the connection between the Trump administration’s ‘Muslim Ban’ and the increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes,” said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri.
“Without the Supreme Court’s intervention, there will be no official counterpoint to the administration’s message that Muslims and Islam are to be feared,” said CAIR’s Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas.
Abbass said all those named in the brief are all leaders of various CAIR offices or departments at CAIR’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The brief marks the latest CAIR legal filing on the Trump administration’s efforts to implement its Muslim Ban. In January, just days after Trump signed the first Muslim ban executive order, CAIR filed suit.
CAIR has also filed two amicus briefs in the Ninth Circuit.
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.
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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