(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/30/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a ruling by a federal judge in Hawaii extending a temporary block on President Trump’s “Muslim Ban 2.0” executive order.
That ruling by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson, in response to a lawsuit filed by the state of Hawaii, blocks the government from suspending new visas for travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and from halting the U.S. refugee program. It also allows Hawaii’s lawsuit to work its way through the courts.
Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin told Judge Watson that the executive order is like a “neon sign flashing ”˜Muslim ban, Muslim ban’” that the government had not turned off.
“We welcome Judge Watson’s decision and look forward to the ultimate defeat of this unconstitutional and un-American order in higher courts,” said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri.
Responding to the signing of “Muslim Ban 2.0” earlier this month, 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.
– END –
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