On April 25, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the challenge to Muslim Ban 3.0 – President Donald Trump’s order banning immigrants and travelers from several Muslim-majority countries. This is the Muslim ban that he promised on the campaign trail. It violates religious freedom by singling out one religious group – Muslims – for discrimination based solely on religion. And that’s not only unconstitutional, it’s downright un-American.

Americans United Executive Director Rachel Laser spoke at the #NoMuslimBanEver rally on the steps of the Supreme Court that morning. You can see her speak here:

Americans United, joined by Muslim Advocates and the law firm Covington & Burling LLP, filed the first major litigation against Muslim Ban 3.0 on Oct. 2, 2017. The plaintiffs in Iranian Alliances Across Borders v. Trump include IAAB, a nonprofit that serves the Iranian diaspora community; the Iranian Students’ Foundation, a student group at the University of Maryland; and six individuals, all of whom are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents with relatives who are blocked from coming to the United States by the Muslim Ban. 

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April 25, 2018: The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the legal challenge to President Trump’s Muslim ban 3.0. AU Executive Director Rachel Laser spoke at the #NoMuslimBanEver rally on the steps of the Supreme Court and AU attorneys, including Legal Director Richard B. Katskee, were in the courtroom for the arguments. Read a blog post about the arguments here; watch Rachel's speech here; and watch a Facebook Live video with Rachel and Richard outside the court here:

March 30, 2018: Americans United and allies filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to stop President Trump’s Muslim ban. This brief in the Trump v. Hawaii case was filed on behalf of five Maryland residents and two organizations serving Iranian Americans – all of whom are being harmed by the ban and are plaintiffs in the lawsuit IAAB v. Trump. Read AU's statement here and a blog post here.

Feb. 23, 2018: Americans United and allies petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review our caseIAAB v. Trump, and two related cases challenging Muslim Ban 3.0. We urged the court to hear these cases alongside Trump v. Hawaii, another Muslim ban challenge that is set for argument on April 25, 2018. Read AU's statement here.

Feb. 15, 2018: In the lawsuit IAAB v. Trump filed by Americans United and allies, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling affirming a lower court’s order to block Muslim Ban 3.0. Read AU's statement here and our blog post here, and watch our Facebook Live video update here.

Jan. 19, 2018: The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will review Trump v. Hawaii, one of the legal challenges to President Trump's Muslim Ban 3.0. Arguments are scheduled for April 25, 2018. Americans United filed a friend-of-the-court brief in this case before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Read AU's statement about the Supreme Court's decision here and a Church & State magazine article about it here, and watch our Facebook Live video update here.

Jan. 10, 2018: In response to the lawsuit Brennan Center for Justice v. U.S. Department of State filed by Americans United and allies, the U.S. District Court in Southern New York ordered the Trump administration to respond by Feb. 9, 2018, to our request for reports used to justify Muslim Ban 3.0. Read AU's statement here and our blog post here.

Dec. 22, 2017: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion affirming a lower court's order to block Muslim Ban 3.0. Read AU's statement here.

Dec. 8, 2017: Americans United and allies were in court to urge the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia to once again rule that President Trump’s Muslim ban should not go into effect. Read AU's statement here and our blog post here, and watch our Facebook Live video update here.

Dec. 4, 2017: The U.S. Supreme Court allowed President Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0 to go into effect while litigation challenging the ban – including the lawsuit IAAB v. Trump filed by AU and allies – continues through the court system. Read AU’s statement here.

Nov. 22, 2017: Americans United and allies filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the case Hawaii v. Trump. We urged the court to once again rule that President Trump's Muslim ban should not go into effect.

Nov. 15, 2017: Americans United and allies filed a brief with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia in our case, IAAB v. Trump, urging the court to once again rule that President Trump's Muslim ban should not go into effect. Read our blog post here.

Oct. 18, 2017: In response to the lawsuit Iranian Alliances Across Borders v. Trump that was filed by Americans United and allies, a federal court in Maryland issued a preliminary injunction blocking Muslim Ban 3.0 from going into effect. Read AU's statement here and our blog post here.

Oct. 17, 2017: A federal court in Hawaii blocked Muslim Ban 3.0 from going into effect on Oct. 18. Read AU’s statement here and watch a Facebook Live video with AU attorneys explaining the Muslim ban developments here.

Oct. 6, 2017: Americans United and allies filed a brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in Iranian Alliances Across Borders v. Trump, asking the court to block President Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0 from taking effect. The brief argues that if Trump’s Muslim ban is allowed to become permanent, it will irreparably harm the plaintiffs, including by permanently separating the individual plaintiffs from their loved ones in Iran. Read our statement here and our blog post here.

Oct. 5, 2017: Americans United and allies filed a lawsuitMuslim Advocates v. Department of Homeland Security,against the Trump administration, demanding that the administration release information about how individuals can obtain waivers from the Muslim ban. Case-by-case waivers are the only hope that travelers from the banned countries have of visiting or immigrating to America, yet the administration hasn't released information about how such waivers can be obtained. Read our statement here and our blog post here.

Oct. 2, 2017: Americans United joined allies in filing the first major litigation against Muslim Ban 3.0. The plaintiffs in Iranian Alliances Across Borders v. Trump include IAAB, a nonprofit that serves the Iranian diaspora community, and six individuals, all of whom are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents with Iranian relatives who will be blocked from coming to the United States when Muslim Ban 3.0 goes fully into effect on Oct. 18. Read our statement here and our blog post here.

Sept. 25, 2017: In light of President Donald Trump issuing Muslim Ban 3.0 on Sept. 24, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily canceled the oral arguments that had been scheduled for Oct. 10 in two cases challenging the previous version of the Muslim ban. The government and the plaintiffs were asked to file briefs by Oct. 5 explaining whether the cases should proceed. Watch AU’s Facebook Live video about Muslim Ban 3.0 and the Supreme Court’s order here

Sept. 24, 2017: As parts of Muslim Ban 2.0 were expiring, President Donald Trump indefinitely extended the banon nationals of the Muslim-majority countries of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, and also expanded the ban to include the Muslim-majority country of Chad, as well as North Korea and certain Venezuelan government officials and their families. The addition of a minuscule number of travelers from North Korea and Venezuela is simply a distraction – this is still the Muslim ban. Read AU’s analysis about Muslim Ban 3.0 here.

Sept. 18, 2017: Americans United and allies filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court explaining that President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban is un-American and unconstitutional because it singles out a group of people for disfavor based solely on their religion. Joining the brief were the religious and civil-rights organizations Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, People For the American Way Foundation and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Also joining were The Riverside Church in the City of New York and seven faith leaders from Colorado, Florida, Minnesota and New York. Read AU’s statement about our brief here; a blog about it here; and watch a Facebook Live video with AU Legal Director Richard B. Katskee and Legal Fellow Andrew Nellis here.

Sept. 12, 2017: The U.S. Supreme Court acted to prevent refugees already working with U.S.-based resettlement agencies from entering the country before full arguments on the ban are heard on Oct. 10. This blocked a Sept. 7 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that would have lifted the ban on such refugees.

July 20, 2017: Americans United joined allies in filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Trump administration. We are seeking the release of detailed information regarding the Muslim ban executive order’s “extreme vetting” policies. We want the public to know whether Trump is using this “extreme vetting” as a way of implementing the Muslim ban and making it permanent, away from the scrutiny of the press, courts and American public. Read our statement about the FOIA request here.

July 19, 2017: The U.S. Supreme Court left in place a Hawaii district court’s order that the U.S. must grant entry to grandparents and other extended family members from the six targeted Muslim-majority countries, lifting the “grandma ban” that cruelly separated families. At the same time, the high court suspended the lower court’s order that an estimated 24,000 refugees who are already working with U.S.-based resettlement agencies should be allowed to enter the country. Read our blog post explaining the latest Supreme Court developments here and our statement about the end of the “grandma ban” here.

June 26, 2017: The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in two of the Muslim ban cases, IRAP v. Trump and State of Hawaiʻi v. Trump. The court also allowed the ban to take effect for people without ties to the United States. Read AU's statement on the decision and our blogs about this and other Supreme Court actions. AU's attorneys explained the Court's actions in this Facebook Live video.

June 12, 2017: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle upheld the preliminary injunction blocking Muslim Ban 2.0 from going into effect. The ruling came in State of Hawaiʻi v. Trump, a case in which Americans United was joined by allies in filing a friend-of-the-court brief. Read AU's statement on the decision here.

May 25, 2017: The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia upheld the preliminary injunction blocking Muslim Ban 2.0 from going into effect. The ruling came in IRAP v. Trump, a case in which Americans United was joined by allies in filing a friend-of-the-court brief. The court called Trump’s directive “an Executive Order that in text speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.” Read AU's statement and blog about the decision, and watch a Facebook Live video of our attorneys explaining the court's order.

May 11, 2017: U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan in Washington, D.C., issued an order in UMAA v. Trump (the lawsuit AU filed with our allies) that indicates the judge believes the president’s Muslim-ban executive order likely violates the First Amendment. The judge declined to issue our requested preliminary injunction because two other federal courts already have blocked the ban from going into effect. But Judge Chutkan indicated that she is ready to rule “without delay” if both of the existing injunctions are lifted by federal appeals courts.

May 8, 2017: The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia heard arguments in IRAP v. Trump on whether the nationwide preliminary injunction blocking Muslim Ban 2.0 should remain in place. A federal judge in Maryland had issued the injunction in early March. Americans United and our allies filed a friend-of-the-court brief in this case. Our attorneys attended the hearing and offered commentary in a Facebook Live video.

April 21, 2017: Americans United and our allies presented arguments to U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan in Washington, D.C., to put Muslim Ban 2.0 on hold nationwide while our case, UMAA v. Trump, proceeds. This is the first time our case went before a judge.

April 21, 2017: Americans United, joined by Bend the Arc, the Southern Poverty Law Center, seven faith leaders and the Riverside Church in New York City, filed a friend-of-the-court brief in State of Hawaiʻi v. Trump in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. We argue that the court should uphold the lower court’s order, which blocked President Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0 from being enforced nationwide. Read a blog about why the clergy joined our brief.

April 19, 2017: Americans United, joined by Bend the Arc, the Southern Poverty Law Center, five faith leaders and the Riverside Church in New York City, filed a friend-of-the-court brief in IRAP v. Trump in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. We argue that the court should uphold the lower court’s order, which blocked President Trump’s second ban on immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries from being enforced nationwide. Read a blog about why the clergy joined our brief.

March 24, 2017: Americans United joined Muslim Advocates, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the law firm Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP in filing a new lawsuitUMAA v. Trump, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The suit was filed on behalf of the Universal Muslim Association of America (UMAA), whose Shi’a Muslim members are being deprived of access to their religious scholars from Iran, Iraq and Syria. Read our statement and blog about the case.

March 15, 2017: The U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii issued a nationwide temporary restraining order blocking Muslim Ban 2.0 hours before it was scheduled to go into effect. Americans United had filed a friend-of-the-court brief in this case, State of Hawaiʻi v. Trump.

March 10, 2017: Americans United filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case State of Hawaiʻi v. Trump in the U.S. District Court in Hawaii. Joined by the Southern Poverty Law Center, we argue that Muslim Ban 2.0 still has the same problem as the original order, mainly that the ban violates religious freedom by singling out one religious group for discrimination based solely upon their religion.

March 6, 2017: President Trump issued a new executive order that still bars immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries. Americans United calls it Muslim Ban 2.0, and we'll continue to fight against this religion-based discrimination.

March 1, 2017: Americans United filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case Pars Equality Center v. Trump in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Joined by the Southern Poverty Law Center, we argue that the first Muslim ban violates religious freedom by singling out one religious group — Muslims — for discrimination based solely upon their religion.

Feb. 13, 2017: The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued a preliminary injunction that blocks the first Muslim ban from being implemented in Virginia. The judge's ruling references the conflict between Trump's executive order and the First Amendment's guarantee that government can't single out a religion for disfavor — the basis for AU's argument in the case.

Feb. 9, 2017: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused the administration’s requests to put the first Muslim ban back into effect, keeping the hold in place nationwide.

Feb. 3, 2017: A U.S. District Court in Western Washington, ruling in Washington v. Trump, stopped Trump's first Muslim ban from being enforced nationwide. AU attorneys were in the Seattle courtroom for the hearing; watch a Facebook Live video about AU's involvement here.

Feb. 2, 2017: Americans United filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Washington v. Trump, one of the earliest lawsuits to challenge Trump's first Muslim ban. Read our blog post about AU's involvement here.

Jan. 28, 2017: A U.S. District Court in Eastern New York blocked the Trump administration from deporting immigrants arriving in the U.S. after Trump's first Muslim ban was issued.

Jan. 28, 2017: As travelers from banned countries began arriving in the U.S. and were detained and even deported by immigration officials as a result of Trump's hastily issued Muslim ban, immigration advocates and attorneys rushed to airports nationwide to support Muslim travelers – including AU Legal Fellow Bradley Girard. Read a blog post about his experience here.

Jan. 27, 2017: President Donald Trump issues the first Muslim ban, temporarily blocking immigrants and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries and refugees from all countries from entering the U.S. Americans United vowed to fight the discriminatory policy. Read AU's blog post here.

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