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Muslim Ban Litigation Update

  • In the Hawaii case, U.S. district court judge Derrick Watson converted the temporary restraining order (on sections 2 and 6 of the Executive Order and the number of refugee admissions) into a preliminary injunction on Wednesday 3/29; essentially an indefinite block of Muslim Ban 2.0. Watson said that the revised ban still appeared to be driven by anti-Muslim sentiment. Excerpts from the ruling are below.


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    If the federal government appeals, the Justice Department would face the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which previously found Muslim Ban 1.0 to be unconstitutional. Read more here and here.

  • In the Maryland case brought by non-profit groups, the federal judge granted a preliminary injunction on Section 2 (the travel ban). The government has appealed, and the 4th Circuit will hear arguments on May 8th. The DOJ is likely pursuing this appeal because they believe that the judges in the 4th circuit will be more amenable to their arguments than those in the 9th Circuit.
  • Other cases: the request for a restraining order in Washington state is on hold; and in Sarsour v. Trump, a case brought by Muslim American activists, a Virginia federal judge denied the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction.
  • For more resources, see the litigation update prepared by Penn State Law School and ADC here, and legal and policy analyses here.

Resistance Update

There has been resistance at the local and national levels throughout this litigation. After Muslim Ban 1.0, there were airport protests across the country and dedicated volunteers like the Dulles Justice Coalition offered legal assistance to international travelers. States and cities have introduced sanctuary legislation and professors and doctors have spoken out against the Executive Order. To stay updated on events happening in your area, check out our Events page.


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