(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/22/2017) – Attorneys with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) yesterday appeared before Judge Anthony Trenga at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria, VA., to seek an injunction blocking the entirety of President Trump’s “Muslim Ban 2.0” executive order.
CAIR is seeking an even broader injunction against the executive order than what other judges in Hawaii and Maryland have imposed. At Monday’s hearing, CAIR Co-Counsel Gadeir Abbas argued that Section 3 of the order, which impacts how those applying for visas can seek waivers, remains in force despite the rulings in other states.
“The entire ”˜Muslim Ban 2.0’ executive order, like its predecessor, serves to stigmatize Muslims and to demonize Islam,” said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri.
CAIR filed for the injunction on behalf of an American citizen – among others – seeking to be reunited with a foreign-born spouse, as well as for students whose ability to visit their families abroad would be imperiled by the executive order.
CAIR is also representing more than 20 Muslims who are subject to the stigmatization resulting from the executive order.
Earlier this month, CAIR held a news conference at its Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C., to respond to the signing of President Trump’s new “Muslim Ban 2.0” executive order. In his prepared statement for the news conference, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said: “This scaled-back order represents a partial victory for Americans fighting for the rights of immigrants in the U.S. and directly responds to several immigration cases and scenarios brought forward in CAIR’s anti-ban lawsuit.”
VIDEO: CAIR Muslim Ban 2.0 News Conference
At that news conference, CAIR launched a “Register Me First” (#RegisterMeFirst) website, produced in partnership with a Los Angeles-based design and technology studio Use All Five, to challenge President Trump’s Islamophobic policies, including the Muslim ban and a proposed “Muslim registry.”
Registermefirst.com will provide an opportunity for anyone who wants to oppose the Muslim ban, any future Muslim registry or other unconstitutional actions by the Trump administration to join the broader movement challenging those unjust policies.
GO TO: Register Me First
Video: Register Me First
The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html
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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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CONTACT: CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR CAIR Co-Counsel Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org