Lawsuit claims Trump travel ban discriminates against Muslims

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By Alex Dobuzinskis and Brendan O’Brien

<span class="articleLocation”>The American Civil Liberties Union accused the
Trump administration in a lawsuit filed on Thursday of violating
the religious freedom of some nationals from seven
Muslim-majority countries who have been barred from entering the
United States.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit in federal court in the Northern
District of California on behalf of three student visa holders,
including one Yemeni who left the United States and is unable to
come back, according to court documents.

The lawsuit is a proposed class-action brought on behalf of
nationals who are living or have lived in the United States and
are originally from the Muslim-majority nations whose citizens
President Donald Trump has temporarily banned from entering the
United States, with some exceptions.

The suit is the latest in a series of legal actions
challenging the executive order that was issued last Friday.
Federal judges in several states have placed limits on the
order.

The order set off protests over the weekend at several major
airports as immigration and customs officials struggled to
interpret the new rules.

The plaintiffs and the members of the class “fear that, in
the event they attempt to enter or re-enter the United States,
they will be denied permission to do so,” the lawsuit said.

It accuses Trump and his administration of violating the
free speech, religious freedom and due process rights of those
affected by the order, and says it is an attempt to fulfill a
campaign promise made by Trump to ban Muslims from entering the
United States.

“Senior advisers to defendant Trump have engaged in
anti-Muslim rhetoric that provides additional support for the
notion that the executive order was prompted by animus toward
Islam and Muslims,” the suit said.

Department of Justice officials could not be reached for
comment late on Thursday.

The ACLU asked the court to rule that the executive order
violates the rights of the students and class members and to
order the administration not to enforce the travel ban,
according to the suit.



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