US Muslim leaders sue Trump over fear-mongering travel ban
American Muslim leaders filed suit against President Donald Trump Monday over an immigration order that they said was a �fear-mongering� attempt at keeping members of their religion out of the country.
American Muslim leaders filed suit against President Donald Trump Monday over an immigration order that they said was a “fear-mongering” attempt at keeping members of their religion out of the country.
The leaders alleged that Trump’s temporary ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries was in fact a “Muslim exclusion order” that violates the US constitution’s religious freedom protections.
Besides excluding Muslim refugees and immigrants from abroad, the suit alleges Trump’s executive order will force out US-resident Muslims from those seven countries “by denying them the ability to renew their lawful status or receive immigration benefits... based solely on their religious beliefs.”
That will lead to “the mass expulsion” of both immigrant and non-immigrant Muslims, the suit, filed in the district court in Alexandria, Virginia, alleged.
Chaos broke out over the weekend as border and customs officials struggled to put Trump’s directive into practise amid legal challenges and loud protests at major US airports.
The president’s critics said his action unfairly singled out Muslims, violated US law and the Constitution, and defiled America’s historic reputation as a welcoming place for immigrants.
On Twitter, Trump appeared to blame the airport confusion on protesters as well as on Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer, who teared up over the weekend while discussing the ban, and even a computer system failure at Delta Air Lines Inc late on Sunday.