Washington (IINA) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, decried the Trump administration's new "Muslim ban" guidelines as a violation of the US Supreme Court's recent ruling, and promised to file legal challenges to the rules if implemented.
"By arbitrarily dividing American Muslims from their grandparents and other close relatives overseas, the Trump administration's new rules violate the Supreme Court's decision," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "These illogical rules must not stand, nor should any other part of the discriminatory and unconstitutional Muslim ban."
On Monday, the justices allowed the Trump administration to reinstate parts of the Muslim ban while the court considers whether the executive order is constitutional. The ruling authorized immigration officials to deny new visa applications submitted by foreign nationals who lack a credible claim of a "close" and "bona fide" relationship with individuals or entities in the United States.
Media reports indicated that only spouses, siblings, and parents constitute close familial relationships, specifically excluding grandparents, cousins and other relatives.
"We call on the Trump administration to withdraw these irrational guidelines, as well as the entire Muslim ban. We can protect our nation without harming its values or reputation," said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri. "We will not hesitate to file a legal challenge to any violations of the court's decision."
Earlier this week, CAIR said the decision by the US Supreme Court allowing a limited version of the Trump administration's Muslim ban executive orders to take effect ignores the Islamophobic origins of the policy and emboldens Islamophobes in the Trump administration.
The Washington-based civil rights organization recently launched an app to share critical 'know your rights' information and simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging Muslims to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
Source: International Islamic News Agency