CAIR-CA Welcomes 4th Circuit’s Ruling Against “Muslim Ban”

The California Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA), the state’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a ruling by a full panel of 13 judges on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirming in substantial part earlier decisions blocking President Donald Trump’s revised Muslim Ban executive order.

The court held that “a reasonable observer would likely conclude that the executive order’s primary purpose is to exclude persons from the United States on the basis of their religious beliefs.”

SEE: Federal Appeals Court Upholds The Nationwide Injunction Blocking Trump’s Travel Ban

In the majority opinion, Chief Judge Roger Gregory wrote that the first amendment “stands as an untiring sentinel” against religious persecution when faced with an Executive Order that “drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.”

“Today’s response affirms what we’ve known all along – that these executive orders are discriminatory and unconstitutional. The Muslim Ban is motivated by xenophobic and bigoted assumptions with no factual basis,” said CAIR-LA Immigrants’ Rights Managing Attorney Farida Chehata. “We are encouraged by the judiciary’s ability to check the administration’s harmful policies. The 4th Circuit’s decision is a powerful reminder that even the President must adhere to the constitution.”

Earlier this month, CAIR’s California office joined a group of other community organizations in filing an amicus (friend of the court) brief in the case.

SEE: CAIR-CA: Civil Rights, Community Organizations File ‘Muslim Ban’ Amicus Brief in 4th Circuit