Early this morning, Judge Theodore D. Chuang of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland issued a ruling in Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) v. Trump, blocking the Trump administration from implementing Muslim Ban 3.0, which was scheduled to go into full effect today. Judge Chuang’s ruling follows a hearing on Monday afternoon in his courtroom where the plaintiffs in IAAB v. Trump as well as two other related actions, requested a preliminary injunction.
In today’s ruling, which temporarily halts the implementation of the president’s order, Judge Chuang determined that Muslim Ban 3.0 likely violates the U.S. Constitution and federal immigration law. Judge Chuang relied on the long litany of anti-Muslim statements and comments by President Trump, concluding that this latest version is an “inextricable re-animation of the twice-enjoined Muslim ban.”
The plaintiffs in IAAB v. Trump are represented by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Muslim Advocates and Covington & Burling LLP, in consultation with the National Iranian American Council (NIAC).
According to Richard B. Katskee, legal director of Americans United: “The Muslim ban in all its versions has never been about making America safer or protecting our people. It’s about discrimination, plain and simple. The ban violates fairness and equal treatment—concepts that are at the core of religious freedom. We’re pleased that the courts have once again recognized that fact.”
According to Johnathan Smith, legal director of Muslim Advocates: “Today’s ruling reaffirms that religious discrimination and bigotry have no place in our country. We applaud Judge Chuang for recognizing that Muslim Ban 3.0 contravenes fundamental American values and does not make our country safer. We, however, are well aware that our work is not finished. We will continue to advocate against this unjust and discriminatory policy until it is finally and permanently relegated to the dustbin of history.
“So, for today, we celebrate. Tomorrow, we continue the fight.”
According to Mana Kharrazi, executive director of Iranian Alliances Across Borders: “Today is such a proud day for youth we serve at IAAB. When our members connect with family members, friends and community members from across the Iranian diaspora, it changes futures, enriches lives, and roots them in a meaningful sense of community and responsibility. Our youth spoke up in court and they won. When grounded in community and sense of justice, the young people of IAAB can even beat the most powerful man in the world.
“We know that the ban is not totally gone and that graduations, weddings, and family gatherings will continue to be interrupted, and that our youth will continue to face harassment and hostility. So we will continue to speak out against the ban and religious discrimination in all its forms.”
According to Shayan Modarres, legal counsel for the National Iranian American Council: “We applaud the court's decision in blocking this unconstitutional third attempt at a Muslim Ban. This latest travel ban is little more than a dangerous effort to target Iranians and Muslims, unjustified by any credible national security concerns. The ban will have a real impact on real people’s lives, robbing families of moments they can never get back. While the president heaps praise on the Iranian people to sell his intended sabotage of the Iran Nuclear Deal, he falsely labels them as terror threats and has repeatedly tried to ban them and their families. The National Iranian American Council is resolute in seeing this hateful and unconstitutional policy never becomes law.”
Judge Chuang’s ruling follows a temporary restraining order blocking implementation of Muslim Ban 3.0 issued by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii v. Trump yesterday afternoon.
Click here to read the complaint in IAAB v. Trump.
Click here to read the motion for a preliminary injunction and supporting brief.
Click here to read about several of the plaintiffs.
Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.