Update on CAIR Lawsuit on Muslim Ban 3.0 – Request for Preliminary Injunction Granted

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We filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court of Maryland on behalf six individuals affected by Muslim Ban 3.0, including two Columbus plaintiffs of Syrian origin, to stop the implementation of President Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0. Last night’s ruling from the District Court in Maryland means that our Plaintiffs and citizens of these six Muslim majority nations can be reunited with their families.

Last night’s Maryland decision joins Hawaii in blocking the new Muslim Ban from going into effect against citizens of six Muslim majority nations. This is the third version of President Trump’s Muslim Ban since January 2017 and was supposed to go into effect on October 18, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. EST.

What You Need to Know About the Latest Court Orders:

The orders blocking the ban apply to the entire U.S. This means that the ban against the six Muslim majority nations (Syria, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Chad, and Iran) will not start until the courts have a chance to make further determinations about whether or not it is illegal.

Please keep in mind that this information can change at any time based on what is happening in the courts, so please check back frequently for updates. This is the third version of the Muslim Ban since January 2017; every version has been overcome through community, policy, and legal advocacy.

What Exactly Did Courts in Maryland and Hawaii Do?
The Courts in Maryland and Hawaii blocked key sections of Muslim Ban 3.0 from going into effect across the U.S., including several that had not yet gone into effect. Specifically, it blocked the restrictions against people from Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. The orders did not block the restrictions on people from North Korea or Venezuela.


The new Muslim Ban was blocked before it could fully go into effect. Portions of the Muslim Ban began on September 24, 2017, with the remainder scheduled to go into effect on October 18, 2017 at 12:01am EST. These two rulings only briefly block the Muslim Ban, and if it is unblocked by the courts, it could go into effect right away.

Muslim Ban 3.0 Does NOT Apply To (Even If Ban Is Reinstated):

  • U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents (also known as green card holders)
  • Dual nationals traveling on a passport from a non-listed country
  • People granted asylum by the U.S.
  • People admitted or paroled into the U.S. on or after the effective date of Muslim Ban 3.0
  • People who obtained a visa on or after the effective date of Muslim Ban 3.0

How to Get Legal Help?

You can contact CAIR-Columbus if:

  • You or someone you know is impacted by Muslim Ban 3.0 and would like free legal advice or assistance;
  • Your community would like to request a “Know Your Rights” presentation.

CAIR-Columbus: 614.451.3232 or https://cair-columbus.com

We remain committed to challenging this Ban and protecting the communities we serve. Please do not hesitate to reach out.

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