‘IAAB versus Trump': First Lawsuit Against Ban 3.0

New York – Iranian Alliances Across Borders v. Trump is the first major lawsuit to be filed against the latest iteration of the Muslim ban. It was filed in the U.S. District Court of the District of Maryland, Southern Division, on behalf of Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) and six individual plaintiffs, all of whom are United States citizens or lawful permanent residents with Iranian relatives who will be blocked from coming to the United States when the latest Muslim ban goes fully into effect on October 18.

This legal action challenges President Trump’s September 24, 2017, Presidential Proclamation – which imposes broad restrictions on entry into the United States for nationals of several predominantly Muslim countries – as a violation of the United States Constitution and other federal laws.

IAAB was one of the first organizations to respond to the US travel ban. Hours after the announcement of the first executive order, IAAB staff and volunteers arrived at airports in New York and other cities across the country. Throughout the weekend and in the following days, IAAB staff and volunteers coordinated efforts to bring translators, lawyers, and other volunteers to assist Iranian Americans and their loved ones who were stranded overseas.

IAAB shared such stories of Iranians impacted by the ban in an amicus brief, which was filed on its behalf by Goodwin Procter LLP in the Fourth Circuit, Ninth Circuit, and Supreme Court. IAAB’s amicus brief showed the real impact of the ban and was cited three times by the Ninth Circuit in its ruling.

However, with the announcement of last week’s proclamation, Iranian-American, Muslim, and nonpartisan institutions joined forces to challenge the latest travel ban. As Johnathan Smith, legal director of Muslim Advocates, explains: “President Trump’s latest Muslim ban remains as unjust and unlawful as the prior versions. Banning people because of their religion or national origin doesn’t make our country safer; all it does is tear apart families and propagate bigotry and discrimination.  Through these two legal filings today, we seek to hold this administration accountable and make clear that no one  – including the President – is above the law. You shouldn’t have to file a lawsuit to see your fiancé or grandmother, but that’s what we have to do so that our plaintiffs can be reunited with their loved ones.”

IAAB’s decision to participate in the lawsuit was not made lightly. Mana Kharrazi, executive director of IAAB, explains: “Over the past year, our members have been subject to discrimination in their schools and subways. We have been separated from our loved ones and had to endure this administration’s continued campaign to divide our families. Our youth are witness to a rise in hatred that puts our country in jeopardy of ushering in a dark chapter of bigotry. We have a right to exist and be protected in the US without becoming pawns in an agenda that has little to do with safety and security.”

The lawsuit was filed by Muslim Advocates, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Covington & Burling LLP in collaboration with the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC).

We thank the attorneys at Covington & Burlington LLP, Muslim Advocates, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and NIAC for tirelessly working around the clock to develop and file this action.

Click here to read the complaint.

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