Thursday, February 09, 2017

Class Acton Lawsuit Filed Against Travel Ban

On Tuesday, another lawsuit was filed challenging President Trump's so-called travel ban Executive Order.  This suit was brought on behalf of two refugee agencies-- International Refugee Assistance Project and HIAS--and by several individuals.  The complaint (full text) in International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, (D MD, filed 2/7/2017) asks a Maryland federal district court to certify the suit as a class action on behalf of all persons in the United States for whom the Executive Order interferes with family reunification or with the ability to travel internationally and return to the U.S.  The complaint includes claims based on the Establishment Clause, Equal Protection Clause and Religious Freedom Restoration Act, among others, and contends:
President Trump has repeatedly made clear his intent to enact policies that exclude Muslims from entering the United States and favor Christians seeking to enter the United States.
HIAS issued a press release announcing the filing of the lawsuit.