The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that President Donald J. Trump’s executive order restricting immigration from several Muslim-majority countries will remain on hold.
Americans United has filed two legal briefs in the case, State of Washington v. Donald Trump, arguing that the Trump order violates separation of church and state by infringing on the religious freedom rights of Muslims. (The briefs can be read here and here.)
The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, issued the following statement about the ruling:
“The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made the right call. Despite his protests to the contrary, President Trump’s executive order is indeed a Muslim ban. It subjected people to discrimination and ill-treatment based solely on their religious beliefs. A policy like that simply can’t be reconciled with our First Amendment. This ban did not deserve to stand.”
Americans United is also involved in a similar case in Virginia.
Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.