ACLU And Federal Judge Fight Against ‘Muslim Ban’
Donald Trump’s executive orders appear to get more dangerous and offensive as time goes on. After only a week in office, he’s attempted to ban all citizens of seven countries with majority Muslim populations including Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.
Travelers have been stranded across the world and sent back to different countries, despite whatever history they may have of working and having a life within its borders. The Trump administration insists they will be lifted in 90-12 days – except for Syria.
After more than 100 people who had legal rights to be in the United States were detained at airports in cities such as New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles, thousands came out to protest the actions that are commonly being referred to as a Muslim ban.
The American Civil Liberties Union quickly stepped in by filing a class action lawsuit to deem the executive order unconstitutional along with other activist organizations.
As a result, federal judges in several states have granted an emergency stay to allow the 100-200 people affected by the ban safe passage into the country, according to CNBC.
“This ruling preserves the status quo and ensures that people who have been granted permission to be in this country are not illegally removed off U.S. soil,” Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said in a statement.
Following a day’s worth of controversy, news coverage and a score of politicians speaking out agains it, President Trump released a statement on Sunday attempting to justify his ban as a means to protect the American people.
“To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting,” he said in a written statement. “This is not about religion — this is about terror and keeping our country safe.”
While it is true that Trump isn’t banning all Muslims, he is still banning people based on their religion.
It should be noted that none of the countries banned were the homes of terrorists who actually attacked the U.S. The ban also conveniently leaves out any countries where he has business ties.
According to Yahoo News, the ACLU has raised over $10 million and gained more than 150,000 new members since the Muslim ban was put forward.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Anthony Romero, executive director of the civil liberties group, said. “People are fired up and want to be engaged. What we’ve seen is an unprecedented public reaction to the challenges of the Trump administration.”
This will surely come in handy as the Trump administration plans to appeal the rulings.