#MUSLIMBAN2, BROKEN DOWN

The new executive order on immigration, dubbed “MuslimBan 2.0” signed March 6, 2017 presents a more nuanced, but still ultimately unconstitutional affront to religious liberty. Reviewing the redline version prepared by the ACLU of Massachusetts, coupled with the implementing memorandum to DHS, and the letter from AG Jeff Sessions and S-DHS Kelly to President Trump, a few themes emerge.​ How the new EO […]

#MUSLIMBAN2 DEEP DIVE

The American Anti-Arab Discrimination Committee (ADC) invited attorney Hassan Ahmad today to do a “deep dive” into the Muslim Ban 2.0 today, going over a lot of the policy considerations and details of the new ban.  The ban is a bigotry-flavored self-licking ice cream cone: national security experts and DHS have all agreed and stated […]

EXPLAINING THE MUSLIM BAN TO FEDERAL JUDGES

I work with a bunch of amazing lawyers. One of the challenges to the #MuslimBan 2.0 is pending in the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. A group of 302 lawyers across 25 airports signed on to an amicus brief (“friend of the court”) to detail the chaos and due process violations that occurred in the wake […]

4TH CIRCUIT KEEPS MUSLIM BAN BLOCKED – BUT THIS ISN’T OVER

The 4th Circuit opinion keeping the Muslim Ban blocked – with concurrences and dissents – is a stage for a final showdown before the Supreme Court. A full panel of 13 judges ruled, 10 in favor of upholding the block on the ban, but not all for the same reasons, with 3 dissenting. As one of the volunteer […]

NEW TRAVEL BAN IS PROBABLY LEGAL

#MuslimBan 3.0 is out. I’m very concerned, because I think it’s legal. I hope I’m wrong. And that doesn’t mean don’t resist. But this ban is different than the two prior ones. First – the affected countries are Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. Each country has their own restrictions – but no […]

YEMEN AND #MUSLIMBAN 3.0

On September 25th, 2017, President trump released Travel Ban 3.0. The list of banned visitors from countries now included Yemen, Chad, together with other five countries. The inclusion of Chad aroused immediate controversy in the media, considering its status as a long-term US ally in fighting against terrorism. 1 In contrast, news did not appear to be […]