President Donald Trump’s executive orders restricting immigration from several Muslim-majority countries are the Muslim ban that he promised on the campaign trail. They violate religious freedom by singling out one religious group—Muslims—for discrimination based solely on how they worship. And that’s not only unconstitutional, it’s downright un-American.
 

Americans United on March 24 joined allied organizations in filing a federal lawsuit against President Trump’s second Muslim ban executive order.


 

The lawsuit, UMAA v. Trump, shows the many ways Trump’s cruel and unconstitutional policy harms the American Muslim community. The plaintiffs include the Universal Muslim Association of America (UMAA), the country’s largest organization of Shi’a Muslims, whose members are being deprived of religious learning, worship and service because Shi’a scholars hail almost exclusively from Iran, Iraq and Syria. The second set of plaintiffs are a Yemeni family living in the United States whose two young children are stuck outside the country because of the ban.

Read the complaint here

Read the statement issued by Americans United, 
Muslim Advocates and the Southern Poverty Law Center


AU Attorneys Kelly Percival & Andrew Nellis Discuss
Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0 and our filing of this lawsuit:





 
  • March 24: Americans United joined Muslim Advocates and the Southern Poverty Law Center in filing a new lawsuit, UMAA v. Trump, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The suit was filed on behalf of the Universal Muslim Association of America (UMAA), whose Shi’a Muslim members are being deprived of access to their religious scholars from Iran, Iraq and Syria, and a Yemeni family whose two young children are blocked from entering the United States by the ban.
     
  • March 15: The U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii issued a nationwide temporary restraining order blocking Muslim Ban 2.0 hours before it was scheduled to go into effect. Americans United had filed a friend-of-the-court brief in this case, State of Hawaiʻi v. Trump.
  • March 10: Americans United filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case State of Hawaiʻi v. Trump in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii. Joined by Southern Poverty Law Center, we argue that Muslim Ban 2.0 still has the same problem as the original order, mainly that the ban violates religious freedom by singling out one religious group for discrimination based solely upon their religion.
  • March 6: President Trump issued a new executive order that still bars immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries. Americans United calls it Muslim Ban 2.0, and we'll continue to fight against this religious-based discrimination.
  • March 1: Americans United filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case Pars Equality Center v. Trump in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Joined by the Southern Poverty Law Center, we argue that the first Muslim ban violates religious freedom by singling out one religious group — Muslims — for discrimination based solely upon their religion.
  • March 1: AU Attorney Bradley Girard, Faith Organizer Bill Mefford, and Field Associate Erin Hagen joined with Kristin Garrity Şekerci from The Bridge Initiative (a Georgetown University multi-year research project on Islamophobia) to put on a Facebook Live training, “Standing With Our Muslim Neighbors.”

 

  • Feb. 13: The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued a preliminary injunction that blocks the first Muslim ban from being implemented in Virginia. The judge's ruling references the conflict between Trump's executive order and the First Amendment's guarantee that government can't single out a religion for disfavor - the basis for AU's argument in the case.
  • Feb. 9: The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals refused the administration’s requests to put the first Muslim ban back into effect, keeping the hold in place nationwide.  
     


UMAA v. Trump

On March 24, Americans United joined Muslim Advocates and the Southern Poverty Law Center in filing UMAA v. Trump in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The suit was filed on behalf of the Universal Muslim Association of America (UMAA), whose Shi’a Muslim members are being deprived of access to their religious scholars from Iran, Iraq and Syria, and a Yemeni family whose two young children are blocked from entering the United States by the ban.

AU’s complaint


State of Hawaiʻi v. Trump

On March 15, Judge Watson of the District of Hawaii entered a nationwide temporary restraining order preventing the second Muslim ban from going into effect. Just as in the earlier decision of Aziz v. Trump with respect to the first Muslim ban, Judge Watson found that the second executive order likely violated the Establishment Clause.

The district court's decision

AU's Amicus Brief in the District of Hawaii


State of Washington v. Trump

On Feb. 3, Judge Robart of the Western District of Washington entered a nationwide temporary restraining order, placing the first Muslim ban on hold and restoring the status quo. His decision was affirmed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Feb. 9.

The 9th Circuit’s decision

AU’s Amicus Brief in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

AU’s Amicus Brief in the Western District of Washington


Aziz v. Trump

On Feb. 13, Judge Brinkema of the Eastern District of Virginia entered a preliminary injunction against the travel-ban portion of President Trump's first executive order. This injunction, which only applies to Virginia, means that the first Muslim ban will not take effect while the case in Virginia is litigated. Importantly, Judge Brinkema's decision was based on her finding that the ban was indeed a Muslim ban and thus that it likely violated the Establishment Clause.

The district court's decision

AU’s Amicus Brief in the Eastern District of Virginia


Pars Equality Center v. Trump

On March 1, Americans United was joined by the Southern Poverty Law Center in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in this case in District Court for the District of Columbia. This case is currently on hold in light of the release of the second executive order.

AU's Amicus Brief in the District of Columbia

 

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  • AU attorneys Bradley Girard and Andrew Nellis explain the 9th Circuit Court's Feb. 13 ruling that keeps the Muslim ban on hold nationwide: (if video is not loading, watch on Facebook)

 

  • Speaking from Seattle, AU attorneys Bradley Girard and Andrew Nellis explain a U.S. District Court judge's Feb. 9 ruling in Washington v. Trump, which put a hold on the Muslim ban nationwide: (if video is not loading, watch on Facebook)