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Muslim group files lawsuit challenging Trump's travel ban order

By Mark Lehman, For Click Orlando, On 31 January 2017, Read Original
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ORLANDO, Fla. - Leaders of Florida's largest Muslim civil rights organization will hold a news conference Tuesday to answer questions about a federal lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration.

CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) announced the filing of the lawsuit Monday on behalf of more than 20 plaintiffs, including CAIR-Florida Chief Executive Director Hassan Shibly.

"This is the time that we are truly making America great again by challenging this discriminatory, unjust, oppressive, and illegal policy," Shibly said.  "We will make America great by making sure that it remains a free and just nation for all people, regardless of their race or religion."

The anti-terrorism executive order, which was signed last week, temporarily bans refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

The move has been met with protests across the country and with sharp criticism from Democrats.

"The order will make us less safe. The order will make us less humane. The order will make us less America," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

Despite the opposition, the Trump Administration maintains the order is about safety.

"You don't know when the next threat's coming. You don't know when the next attack's coming," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said.  "The best you can do is to get ahead of it because if you wait, you're going to be reacting."

Officials with CAIR said their lawsuit questions the constitutionality of the order, while helping those impacted.

"The way I see this lawsuit, it is really the law versus Donald Trump. It is the American traditional values of openness, human dignity, and respect versus Donald Trump," CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said.

The news conference is scheduled for 12 p.m. at CAIR-Florida's Orlando office at 1507 S. Hiawassee Road.