CAIR's lawsuit against Trump's executive order was filed on behalf of 25 Muslims in the U.S. whose basic rights as citizens and residents are under attack. We know that there are many thousands more who are having their lives needlessly disrupted because of this executive action, which we're calling a modern-day "Muslim exclusion order."1
On Thursday evening, a federal court in California decided unanimously to uphold a temporary stay on the executive order. But we don't want to just put a pause on the ban—it needs to be thrown out entirely because of the way it targets Muslims—and only Muslims.
At the end of next week, we'll be adding a "friend of the court" briefing to our lawsuit—showing the massive popular rejection of Trump's Muslim ban. We're hoping to bring thousands of names to the judge. Will you add yours before then?
It took the courage of many Muslims—including MPower Change's own Linda Sarsour and others such as Zahra Billoo of CAIR-SFBA, Dawud Walid from CAIR-Michigan, and Namira Islam of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative—to add public names and faces to this lawsuit.
But perhaps the most radically impacted were the Jane Does and John Does listed as plaintiffs—everyday individuals suddenly subjected to the ban. They remain anonymous so that they aren't targeted by this vindictive administration, but they still had the courage to join this battle to protect all of our civil rights.
The lawsuit is titled Sarsour v. Trump, named after the first listed plaintiff and the defendant, but we want your name on it too.
We've shown up by the thousands at airports to welcome immigrants and refugees. We've made thousands of calls to members of Congress asking them to stand up against the Muslim ban. And together, we've let the whole world know: Trump and his administration do not represent the rest of us or our values.
Join us by adding your name, so that we can send a clear message to the courts and everyone else who's watching.
We're going to keep using all the means we have to fight back against Trump's illegal and immoral Muslim ban. Thanks for helping make it all possible.
P.S. We know how petty and vengeful Trump can be—don't worry, we won't be sharing anything with the court other than your name.
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
1. "Biggest Lawsuit Yet Filed Against Donald Trump’s Immigration Order" The Daily Beast, Jan 30, 2017