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CAIR Applauds Maryland Attorney General Joining Brief Opposing Muslim Ban

CAIR logo(Washington. D.C., 2/7/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization, today welcomed news that Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh added his support to a lawsuit challenging Donald Trump’s controversial ban on travel from seven Muslim majority countries.

Frosh joined fifteen other states’ attorneys general – including Pennsylvania and Virginia – to file an amicus brief for consideration in the case, which is pending before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and has led to a temporary halt of the travel ban impacting travel for nationals of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Libya. 

In a statement Attorney General 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.”

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to hear challenges to the ban today.

“Families of all immigration statuses have been impacted on a deeply personal level by this problematic executive order,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, whose organization has filed its own lawsuit challenging its constitutionality. “Attorney General Frosh’s decision to support the lawsuit against it by adding his name to the brief signals to his constituents that he will not remain silent while our communities live in anxiety and fear.” 

Chaudry noted that numerous Maryland families have been adversely impacted since the order was first enacted, including area Muslims who have lost thousands of dollars due to cancelled travel plans. A mosque in Maryland also cancelled an international group trip out of an abundance of caution. 

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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CONTACT: CAIR Spokesperson Dr. Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062

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