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Hearing March 21 in Virginia on CAIR’s Legal Challenge to Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban 2.0’

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/20/2017) – On Tuesday, March 21, a hearing will take place before Judge Anthony Trenga at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Courtroom 701) in Alexandria, VA., for arguments on the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) legal challenge to President Trump’s so-called ”˜Muslim Ban 2.0” executive order.

In its lawsuit, CAIR seeks a temporary restraining order and/or preliminary injunction to enjoin the entirety of the executive order 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. 

SEE: Brief in Support of CAIR’s Emergency Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and/or Preliminary Injunction

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.

SEE: CAIR Calls Trump’s Scaled-Back ”˜Muslim Ban 2.0’ a ”˜Partial Victory,’ Will Continue to Challenge Unconstitutional Order

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.” 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:     

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 CAIR Co-Counsel Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,  

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