Tuesday, January 31, 2017

CAIR Sues Over Trump Executive Order

CAIR announced yesterday that it has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of President Trump's recent Executive Order on refugees and on those entering the U.S. from any of seven Muslim-majority countries. The complaint (full text) in Sarsour v. Trump, (ED VA, filed 1/30/2017) alleges that a hidden purpose of the Executive order (which the complaint calls a Muslim Exclusion Order) is to initiate the mass expulsion of Muslims lawfully living in the U.S. by denying them the ability to to renew their lawful status or receive immigration benefits. Plaintiffs claim that the order violates the Establishment and Free Exercise clauses and denies plaintiffs equal protection of the laws.  Politico reports on the lawsuit.