An elderly Maryland couple in poor health desperately wants to see their son, but the Muslim ban blocks him from coming to the U.S. from Iran.
Two American women are agonizing over whether they must give up their lives in the U.S. to be with their Iranian partners who are blocked from coming here by the Muslim ban, or whether they must indefinitely live apart from the men they love.
A married couple – lawful permanent U.S. residents who have made their lives here and work for the federal government – can’t see the wife’s Iranian mother because her visa wasn’t processed before the Muslim ban went into effect.
And a public-school teacher in Maryland can’t reunite with her youngest brother in Iran because the Muslim ban keeps him apart from his entire family.
It was on behalf of these people and others that Americans United and allies filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court last Friday, urging the high court to stop the ban. These individuals and two organizations – Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) and the Iranian Students’ Foundation at the University of Maryland – also are plaintiffs in IAAB v. Trump, a lawsuit filed by AU and allies that was the first to challenge Muslim Ban 3.0.
Our Supreme Court brief describes how the ban is hurting American Muslims: cruelly separating them from their families, interfering with organizations’ educational and cultural missions, and inflaming anti-Islam sentiment that endangers all American Muslims and Americans perceived to be Muslim. Many American college students of Iranian descent, for example, feel that their community is under attack and face the prospect of graduating from college without their families present to celebrate.
“Trump’s Muslim ban undermines our country’s fundamental promise of religious freedom,” said AU Executive Director Rachel Laser. “The Supreme Court surely understands that history will not look kindly on this flagrant discrimination against one religious group.”
Leaders from both political parties have consistently opposed the Muslim Ban and courts across the country have ruled against it. Just over a month ago, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of our plaintiffs in IAAB and in two companion cases, proclaiming that Muslim Ban 3.0 is “unconstitutionally tainted with animus towards Islam.”
The Supreme Court will hear arguments in Trump v. Hawaii on April 25 and issue a decision by the end of June. We urge the justices to come down on the right side of history and affirm that the Muslim Ban is flagrant discrimination against a particular religion. Because the ban is morally wrong; it is unconstitutional; and it is flat out un-American.
Our country is at its best when people of all religions feel welcome here. For people of all faiths and for people who don’t claim any faith at all – religious freedom means that the law treats everyone equally regardless of faith. Americans United will continue to protect this ideal no matter what discriminatory policies the Trump administration tries to cook up.
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