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CAIR Florida files lawsuit over Donald Trump Refugee Travel Policy

By Frank Torres, For Orlando Politics, On 31 January 2017, Read Original
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The Council on American-Islamic Relations held a press conference on Tuesday to announce that they have filed a lawsuit over the recent refugee travel suspension put in place by President Donald Trump on Friday.

The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the measure that suspends refugee travel for 120 days from six middle eastern countries and places an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria. The plaintiffs are CAIR representatives, as well as other Attorneys and Activists.

“In just days into the new administration we have seen a wave of discriminatory, anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, anti-Muslim executive orders and policies trying to criminalize a people and trying to galvanize American people.” said Rasha Mubarak, Central Florida Regional Director for CAIR.

Some of the other groups and individuals standing with CAIR during the presser included Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph, representatives from the office of Congressman Darren Soto, and State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith, as well as members from several other Democratic organizations in the area.

The Trump travel holds have set off protests at airports all over the country, including here in Orlando where many of the groups participating in today’s presser also rallied with allies during a protest on Sunday. There have also been legal battles all over the country regarding some of the details involved with the orders. Any immigrants currently in the country that could fall into the “gray area” of the policy has been advised not to travel.

The President has said the measures aim to put “America First” by keeping out radicalized Islamic terrorists.

The group also said Trump’s orders to begin construction on a wall along the Southern border of Mexico presents the Hispanic community as a national security threat. While the press conference was taking place there was also a protest outside of Senator Marco Rubio’s downtown office protesting the orders.

“These executive orders are just political theater at the expense of not only our civil liberties but our national security that he claims he’s trying to protect.” added Mubarak.