The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has filed a lawsuit claiming President Donald Trump’s immigration order is violating the constitution.
The complaint comes after Trump signed a new order banning immigrants from seven countries, initially listed as “countries of concern” by the Obama administration, for 90 days.
With the majority of citizens being Muslim in these countries, CAIR believes Trump’s motives were discriminatory. Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen are included in the ban.
The order also bans Syrian refugees indefinitely and prevents other refugees from resettling in the U.S. for 120 days.
CAIR’s lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and accuses Trump’s order of being in violation of the First Amendment and the Fifth Amendment.
Trump has denied all allegations of discrimination based on religion and has said the order is strictly to protect the American people from terrorism. He mentions the many other Muslim-majority countries not included in the ban.
CAIR refers to the order as the “Muslim Exclusion Order,” using points Trump made during his campaign as a reason to believe this is an order he intended to draft all along. “[Trump’s] longstanding promise and boasted intent to enact a federal policy that overtly discriminates against Muslims and officially broadcasts a message that the federal government disfavors the religion of Islam, preferring all other religions instead,” claims the lawsuit.
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