The U.S. Supreme Court this afternoon ruled 7-2 to allow President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban to go into full effect while several legal challenges to it move through the courts.
Americans United is litigating one of the cases challenging the ban. The plaintiffs in the case, IAAB v. Trump, are represented by Americans United, Muslim Advocates and Covington & Burling LLP, in consultation with the National Iranian American Council.
“Every day this ban is in place is a day that families and loved ones are kept apart because of who they are and what they believe. That tramples American values of religious liberty and fairness. History does not look kindly on this kind of discrimination,” said Eric Rothschild, AU senior litigation counsel.
“Americans United, our allies and all fair-minded Americans will continue to fight this injustice every step of the way,” Rothschild added.
On Oct. 18, Judge Theodore D. Chuang of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland ruled in AU’s favor in the IAAB case and put the Muslim ban on hold. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear an appeal of that ruling Dec. 8.
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.