Jan 19, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court today announced that it will review Trump v. Hawaii, a legal challenge to President Donald J. Trump’s Muslim ban. Richard B. Katskee, legal director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, issued the following statement:

“The Supreme Court has the power to end a disgraceful chapter in American history, during which President Trump has ignored the Constitution and our fundamental values of religious freedom and fairness. It is unfair to discriminate against people because of their beliefs. And it is un-American to bar people from our shores because the president doesn’t like their religion. But President Trump has done just that.

“Trump’s Muslim ban cruelly separates families and signals to American Muslims that they are second-class citizens who don’t have the same rights as everyone else to travel, study, work and worship as they see fit. We urge the Supreme Court to protect our values and our Constitution by ending Trump’s Muslim ban and preserving America’s commitment to religious freedom and fairness for all.”

Americans United filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Americans United is also challenging Trump’s Muslim ban in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Together with Muslim Advocates and the law firm Covington & Burling LLP, and in consultation with the National Iranian American Council, AU filed Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) v. Trump – the first lawsuit filed against Muslim Ban 3.0.

Plaintiffs in IAAB v. Trump include IAAB, a nonprofit serving the Iranian American community; the Iranian Students’ Foundation at the University of Maryland; and six individuals, all of whom are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents with relatives who are currently blocked from coming to the United States by the Muslim ban.