The American Civil Liberties Union, after promising shortly after Donald Trump’s shock election victory to “see him in court,” has filed suit against the Trump administration over the recently imposed Muslim immigration ban.
Trump, in an executive order, put in place a ban on all refugees and on all immigrants from a handful of the most distinctly Muslim countries in the world, including Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, and several others. He cited in his executive order the 9/11 terror attacks, but his reference to that atrocity as a justification for his immigration ban is a joke, since the nations that the 9/11 hijackers came from aren’t even included in the list of countries he’s placed on America’s blacklist.
This ban, as was revealed on Saturday, doesn’t just apply to people who haven’t yet managed to make it to the United States. Rather, also banned from entering the United States are immigrant residents of the United States who have the status of legal permanent residents. If they’re from the nations that Trump has singled out and step one foot out of the country, then, according to Trump, they’re not allowed back in.
With this Nazi-esque monstrosity of a policy in place, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit on behalf of legal refugee residents of the United States who were detained on Friday (and Saturday) by authorities at a New York airport when trying to enter the U.S. Of course, as legal permanent residents, they have every right to enter the U.S.
The ACLU’s statement on their suit reads, in part:
‘The American Civil Liberties Union and other legal organizations today filed a lawsuit on behalf of individuals subject to President Trump’s Muslim ban. The lead plaintiffs have been detained by the U.S. government and threatened with deportation even though they have valid visas to enter the United States. One plaintiff, for example, worked for the U.S. military and his life was in danger in his home country due to that relationship. The other’s family was also threatened because of perceived ties to the United States.’
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