WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined to reinstate President Trump’s Executive Order restricting travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran.
This decision enables those with visas from Iran to enter the country, and individuals deterred from obtaining their visa can now continue the application process. However, the Trump Administration has expressed plans to continue the battle in court. In addition, media reports indicate the White House is working on a new Executive Order which can withstand legal scrutiny.
The Iranian American community is thankful for the integrity of our judicial system. Along with other prominent Iranian American organizations, PAAIA has filed a federal lawsuit to stop the Trump Administration’s Executive Order.
Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, legislation has been filed rendering the Executive Order null and void. The bills have overwhelming Democratic support but have not gained any Republican backing. Democrats have also called for multiple investigations into President Trump’s Executive Order.
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) sent a letter requesting the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), to hold a series of hearings on the “legality, efficacy, and morality” of the travel ban. Congressman José E. Serrano (D-NY) also sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security “urging them to thoroughly investigate the implementation of President Trump’s Muslim ban.”
PAAIA remains committed to permanently stopping the implementation of this ban.
Contact Congress in support of legislation against President Trump’s travel ban. Whether Congress decides to act is up to you!