WASHINGTON - Today Muslim Advocates, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Muslim community against President Trump’s second Muslim ban executive order. This lawsuit is the first of its kind to present a diverse set of harms to the American Muslim community not seen in other legal challenges to the ban.
Today, Americans United filed a lawsuit challenging President Donald J. Trump’s latest attempt at a Muslim ban. The suit seeks justice for Muslim Yemeni parents who were granted asylum in the United States and are now unable to get U.S. visas for two of their young children still stranded overseas and facing the danger of returning to war-torn Yemen.
With the clock counting down the hours until President Donald J. Trump’s second attempt at a Muslim ban was to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. today, two federal judges issued separate rulings that put the ban on hold nationwide.
First, in Hawaii, U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson issued a nationwide temporary restraining order against provisions in Trump’s executive order that would have blocked immigration from six Muslim-majority countries for three months and would have barred all refugees for four months.
When I was in high school, I worked at a hamburger and ice cream place called Braum’s. I remember one really busy night – I was working the grill with about 30 hamburgers on it while dressing the cooked burgers and even getting drinks.
I was slammed. It was a Wednesday evening, what we called “church night” since members of church groups came in for something to eat when they were done with their services.
Late on Friday, Americans United entered the legal battle against Muslim Ban 2.0: We filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the State of Hawaii in seeking a temporary restraining order against President Donald J. Trump’s second executive order restricting Muslim immigration.
President Donald J. Trump today issued Muslim ban 2.0. The new executive order was released with little fanfare and without Trump present. Perhaps he didn’t want to answer questions about it because the new policy is just as bad as the one it replaces.
As a candidate, Trump called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” In office, he has pursued the exclusion of as many Muslims as he thinks the law might allow.
President Donald J. Trump’s latest effort to curb Muslim immigration into the United States is just as offensive and illegal as his first try, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
“President Trump is attempting to dress up this monster, but it just doesn’t work,” said Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “This policy remains a destructive beast that offends our Constitution by treating people like second-class citizens based on their religious beliefs. It has to go.”
Americans United partnered with the Bridge Initiative yesterday to host a Facebook Live discussion, “Standing With Our Muslim Neighbors.”
A few weeks ago on a television show, I mentioned that something “President Bush” was doing was completely inappropriate. The next day, I learned that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was being pilloried in conservative media for mistakenly referring to our current president as “President Bush” as well. I can’t speak for the minority leader, but I can chalk up my error to wishful thinking.
The headline in Slate was certainly dramatic.
“Donald Trump Declares War on Muslims,” blared the Jan. 25 article by Dahlia Lithwick.
Although somewhat hyperbolic, the headline wasn’t far off the mark. At the time the article appeared, Trump was signaling his intent to issue an executive order suspending immigration from a number of Muslim-majority nations. He also implied that language would be added giving Christian refugees priority over Muslims.