May 25, 2017

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia has ruled that President Donald J. Trump’s executive order restricting travel from several Muslim-majority countries will remain on hold nationwide.

The court today upheld a preliminary injunction in International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, a case in which Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed a friend-of-the-court brief that was joined by Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice; the Southern Poverty Law Center; five Christian clergy members; and The Riverside Church in New York City.

“Regardless of how the government has tried to repackage it, this executive order is still the Muslim ban that the president promised,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “No one should be singled out for discrimination because of their religious beliefs. We intend to continue fighting President Trump as long as he continues on this un-American, unconstitutional path.”

AU argued that Trump’s executive order is the un-American Muslim ban that he promised during the presidential campaign. The ban is unconstitutional, AU said, because it discriminates against Muslims based solely on their religion.

“We applaud the 4th Circuit for blocking President Trump’s attempt to bar Muslim travelers from the United States. Multiple federal courts nationwide have blocked the Muslim ban, which should send a strong message to this administration to drop its repeated attempts to target Muslims for discrimination,” said Lynn.

In its ruling, the appeals court called the Trump directive "an Executive Order that in text speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination."

In addition to filing friend-of-the-court briefs supporting several lawsuits challenging Trump’s Muslim ban, Americans United is representing plaintiffs in Universal Muslim Association of America v. Trump, a lawsuit we filed with our allies Muslim Advocates, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the law firm Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. UMAA v. Trump focuses on how the ban harms the American Muslim community. More information is available here.