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October 6, 2017

Arab American Association of New York Joins Lawsuit to Stop Muslim Ban 3.0

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[Brooklyn, New York] - Today, the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY), with legal counsel from the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Immigration Law Center, joined the International Refugee Assistance Project and other plaintiffs in filing a preliminary injunction motion against President Donald Trump's most recent proposed Muslim Ban. Rama Issa-Ibrahim, AAANY Executive Director, filed the declaration this morning. 

Issa-Ibrahim contends that the Trump administration’s proclamation “will cause serious financial harm to [the] organization….[it] also harms many of our clients directly by preventing them from reuniting with their families. We help many individuals navigate the visa petition process, and those clients’ cases—along with the life plans being made around them—are put on hold indefinitely.”

To read the full declaration, click here.

Issa-Ibrahim cites several client cases that are directly affected by this ban. Examples cited include a father who wishes to be reunited with his sons who remain in Yemen, a woman hoping to resettle her parents from dangerous conditions in Syria, and a single mother with a newborn child who has yet to meet his fatherwho is abroad and from one of the banned countries. All of these examples are of US citizens whose relatives’ cases were in the process of approval and were eligible for reunification, absent the most recent travel ban.

To read the full lawsuit, click here.