(SACRAMENTO, CA, 01/31/17) –  The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, yesterday held a news conference at its Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C., to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit on behalf of more than 20 named and "john doe" individuals, including CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra, challenging the constitutionality of President's Trump's recent "Muslim ban" executive order.


The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Virginia, states that the order is unconstitutional because its apparent purpose and underlying motive is to ban people of the Islamic faith in Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.


TEXT: CAIR'S Lawsuit

VIDEO: CNN Goes Live to CAIR 'Muslim Ban' Lawsuit News Conference

SEE: Biggest Lawsuit Yet Filed Against Donald Trump's Immigration Order


CAIR-SV urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to our office at 916.441.6269 or by filing a report online.


CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.


La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.


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CONTACT: Communications & Outreach Coordinator, Muhammad Saifullah, 916.678.0752, msaifullah@cair.com; Legislative & Government Affairs Coordinator, Yannina Casillas, 951.259.5105, ycasillas@cair.com; CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248.390.9784, lmasri@cair.com