ACLU and Partners Challenge Trump Administration’s New Muslim Ban

September 29, 2017 10:45 am

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NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union and partner organizations are challenging the Trump administration’s latest version of its Muslim ban — the president’s third such attempt.

Like the previous versions, the new ban blocks travel to the United States from six predominantly Muslim countries, but also now includes North Koreans and certain Venezuelan government officials. The groups today submitted a letter to the U.S. District Court in Maryland seeking to amend their existing lawsuit to encompass claims against the ban announced on Sunday.

ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero said:

“President Trump’s newest travel ban is still a Muslim ban at its core, and it certainly engages in discrimination based on national origin, which is unlawful. Adding a few North Koreans and a tiny group of Venezuelan officials doesn’t paper over the original sin of the Muslim ban. We’ll see President Trump in court — again.”

The current challenge is being brought by the ACLU, ACLU of Maryland, and the National Immigration Law Center on behalf of HIAS, the International Refugee Assistance Project, and the Middle East Studies Association, along with individuals harmed by the ban.

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