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CAIR Files Lawsuit Seeking Return of Michigan Muslim Barred from U.S. by Unconstitutional ‘No-Fly List’

(WASHINGTON D.C., 3/9/2018) – The CAIR Legal Defense Fund of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and CAIR’s Michigan chapter today announced the filing of a lawsuit on behalf of an American Muslim permanent resident, Kamran Majeed, from Michigan who is being prevented from boarding a flight back to his home in the United States from Pakistan.

Since being placed on the so-called “no-fly list,” Majeed has not seen his U.S. citizen wife and child in five months, has lost his job and is at risk of losing his legal permanent resident status for not maintaining his residency requirements in the United States.

CAIR’s lawsuit, filed in the Eastern District of Michigan, seeks to secure Majeed’s return to his home.  The lawsuit also challenges the methods used to place law-abiding American citizens and permanent residents on the no-fly list.

SEE COMPLAINT HERE: http://www.cair.com/km-03-09-2018.pdf

CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, who is representing the plaintiff, said: “The U.S. government’s policy of using the unconstitutional no-fly list as a tool to prevent innocent, law-abiding American Muslims from returning to their homes is harmful and illegal. We will fight to reunite the plaintiff with his family in Michigan. No one deserves to be separated from loved ones without constitutionally-adequate due process.”

Amy Doukoure, CAIR-MI staff attorney added: “The federal government continuously denies the civil liberties of innocent Muslims by unconstitutionally placing them on the no-fly list after they have traveled out of the country. Not only did this cruel act violate our client’s rights, but it has unnecessarily cost him his job and effectively separated him from his wife and young child for almost five months.”

CAIR previously filed a broad legal challenge to the watchlist in 2015 on behalf of 25 American Muslims, many of whom reside in Michigan. 

SEE:Lawsuits Filed Over Muslim Americans on Watch List (Detroit News)

SEE ALSO: CAIR Welcomes Ruling that No-Fly List Appeals Process is Unconstitutional

CAIR continues to challenge the government’s No-Fly List and has filed multiple lawsuits to return Americans back to their homeland. 

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CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR-Michigan 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.

CONTACT: CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Amy Doukoure, 586-943-8823,adoukoure@cair.com; CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, dwalid@cair.com; CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, lmasri@cair.com; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, gabbas@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

 

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