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CAIR Welcomes Texas Ruling Allowing Suit Challenging Constitutionality of Federal Watchlist to Move Forward

(WASHINGTON, DC, 3/6/2019) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a decision by a federal judge at the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas that allows five American Muslims to challenge their placement on the federal terror watchlist. 

This lawsuit was filed on behalf of five American Muslims who have experienced a range of severe consequences due to their placement on the watchlist, including the inability to fly on planes, being stranded abroad and unable to return home, the inability to obtain a credit card or bank loan, loss of business opportunities and being pressured to act as an FBI informant as leverage to remove their names from the federal terror watchlist.

“Plaintiffs’ factual allegations make plausible their claim that Defendants’ actions were arbitrary and capricious, an abuse of discretion, or otherwise not in accordance with the law,” wrote U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay in his 56-page opinion.

SEE: Texas Watchlist Ruling  

“The government is using the federal terror watchlist to target thousands of innocent American Muslims and to impose consequences that severely impact their daily lives without a modicum of due process,” said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri.  “It is only a matter of time before a federal court declares the federal terror watchlist unconstitutional.”

“CAIR-DFW applauds Judge Lindsay’s decision to allow the legal challenge to the government’s illegal and broad watchlist to proceed,” said Dontrey Tatum, CAIR-DFW’s legal director. “The unconstitutional watchlist has wreaked havoc in the lives of American Muslims for too long.”

This decision is the latest of a string of decisions by federal judges allowing lawsuits filed by CAIR to move forward and challenge the constitutionality of the placement of innocent American Muslims to the federal terror watchlist without due process.

SEE: CAIR Applauds Federal Judge’s Decision Ordering Federal Government to Fully Disclose What Private Groups Have Access to the Watchlist

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425,; CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 202-742-6420,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,



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