Mar 15, 2017

A federal court in Hawaii this evening put a hold on President Donald J. Trump’s latest executive order that bars issuing new visas to the residents of several Muslim-majority countries and suspends admission of refugees.

U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson said the Trump directive likely violates the church-state separation provisions of the First Amendment by singling out Muslims for ill treatment for no other reason than their religious beliefs.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case, hailed the decision in State of Hawaiʻi v. Trump.

“This court decision is a welcome reminder that our First Amendment remains a beacon of freedom that can never be extinguished by bigotry, demagoguery and fear,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United.   

To read more about Americans United’s work fighting the Muslim ban, click here.