Feb 26, 2018

On Friday, the plaintiffs in Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) v. Trump joined plaintiffs in two other cases in filing a petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court. The parties have asked the Court to review their cases and are seeking an expedited briefing schedule so that the cases may be heard along with Hawaii v. Trump, another challenge to President Trump’s Muslim ban that is set for argument on April 25, 2018.

On Feb. 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in IAAB, proclaiming that Muslim Ban 3.0 is “unconstitutionally tainted with animus towards Islam.”  Since the Supreme Court is reviewing the Hawaii case this term, the IAAB plaintiffs have asked for review so that the compelling issues raised by their case, including how the plaintiffs have been affected by the ban, will be presented to the Court.

IAAB v. Trump was the first major lawsuit brought against President Trump’s Muslim ban 3.0. The plaintiffs in this 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. The plaintiffs in IAAB v. Trump are represented by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Muslim Advocates and Covington & Burling LLP, and the lawsuit was prepared in consultation with the National Iranian American Council (NIAC).

  • Click here to read the petition.
  • Click here to read the motion requesting the Supreme Court expedite review of the petition.
  • Click here to read the 4th Circuit ruling.
  • Click here to read the complaint in IAAB v. Trump.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State 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.

Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths.

Iranian Alliances Across Borders is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 2003. IAAB addresses issues of the Iranian diaspora by facilitating community building, developing ways to better understand what it means to be part of a diaspora community, and empowering members of the Iranian diaspora community to enhance connections with their new communities as well as maintain connections with their root community.

The National Iranian American Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of Iranian Americans and promoting greater understanding between the American and Iranian people.