Americans United for Separation of Church and State welcomes today’s ruling by a federal court in Hawaii granting a temporary restraining order against the latest version of President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. This is the third Muslim ban that Trump has tried, and all have been invalidated.
“The Muslim ban discriminates against people for no other reason than their religious beliefs,” said Richard B. Katskee, Americans United legal director. “It’s offensive to America’s great tradition of religious freedom, and it’s time for President Trump to realize that and drop the ban. Three strikes and you’re out.”
The case decided today is State of Hawaii v. Trump. Americans United, Muslim Advocates and Covington & Burling LLP, in consultation with the National Iranian American Council, are representing plaintiffs in a separate legal challenge to the Muslim ban, IAAB v. Trump.
A decision in IAAB v. Trump, which was argued yesterday in a federal court in Maryland, is pending. Plaintiffs in the legal action are Iranian Alliances Across Borders, an Iranian-American diaspora community organization, and six individual plaintiffs, all of whom are United States citizens or lawful permanent residents with Iranian relatives or spouses who will be blocked from coming to the United States.
In court filings, AU and its allies argued that the new version of the Muslim ban violates the U.S. Constitution and other federal laws and that the plaintiffs would be irreparably harmed had the policy gone into effect.
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.