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CAIR Says SCOTUS Cancellation of ‘Muslim Ban’ Hearing Shows Need for Broad Court Rulings Against Religious Discrimination

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/25/17) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said today that the cancellation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s October hearing on “Muslim ban” cases shows that the federal courts must broadly prohibit religious discrimination by the government. #NoMuslimBanEver

Earlier today, the court canceled oral arguments that were set for next month on President Trump’s “Muslim ban” executive orders. The court removed the issue from its October 10 session after Trump issued a new set of travel restrictions Sunday. The travel ban cases were not dropped entirely, but were removed from the court’s oral argument calendar while new briefs are filed on the impact of the latest version of the ban.

The move leaves in place an earlier Supreme Court stay that blocks much of Trump’s previous executive order, allowing immigrants and refugees with a “bona fide relationship” to still enter the United States and apply for visas.

CAIR: Supreme Court Removes Travel Ban Case From Calendar Pending New Review

“The arrival of the ”˜Muslim ban 3.0’ on Sunday and the cancellation of the October U.S. Supreme Court hearing indicate that federal courts must broadly prohibit Trump administration officials from using religion as a basis for any decision at the border or in the visa and immigration system,” said CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas. “We need this broad prohibition so that we don’t have to later litigate a Muslim Ban 4.0 and 5.0.”

Earlier today, CAIR held a news conference on this issue at its Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Video: CAIR News Conference on Muslim Ban 3.0

CAIR also issued a community advisory on the ban.

CAIR Community Advisory: What You Should Know About Muslim Ban 3.0

Yesterday, CAIR said the latest version of President Trump’s Muslim ban executive order is just one part of the administration’s “ugly white supremacist agenda.”

SEE: CAIR Says Trump”˜s New Muslim Ban Order is Part of ”˜Ugly White Supremacist Agenda’

On Friday, CAIR urged the Trump Administration to refrain from issuing a new Muslim ban, noting that more stealthy attempts to implement that controversial executive order will be just as “unconstitutional and un-American” as the previous attempts. 

SEE: CAIR Urges Trump Administration Not to Issue New Muslim Ban

Last week, CAIR 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 original 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.]

That brief was 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. 

SEE: CAIR Files Federal Suit Challenging Constitutionality of Trump’s ”˜Muslim Ban’ Executive Order

CAIR has also filed two amicus briefs in the Ninth Circuit.

SEE: CAIR Files Amicus Brief with 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Trump’s ”˜Muslim Ban’

CAIR Files Amicus Brief in the Ninth Circuit on Behalf of Four American Muslims Impacted by Muslim Ban 3.0

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:  

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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CONTACT: CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784,; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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