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US Islamic Group With Ties To Hamas Rejoices Over Court Challenge To Travel Ban

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Joshua Gill Religion Reporter
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A U.S. Islamic advocacy group suspected of conspiring with Hamas celebrated a federal court’s Thursday ruling against President Donald Trump’s latest travel sanctions.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which the FBI labeled as an “unindicted co-conspirator” with the terrorist group Hamas in 2009, released a statement Thursday celebrating the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against the latest edition of Trump’s travel sanctions, which CAIR called “Trump’s ‘Muslim ban 3.0.'” CAIR continued its claim that the travel restrictions are part of a white supremacist agenda that specifically targets Muslims, despite the fact that the restriction is not actually a permanent ban and does not include include the two countries that hold one-quarter of the world’s Muslim population.

“The Fourth Circuit’s decision is the latest blow to the Trump administration’s ugly white supremacist agenda,” said CAIR senior litigation attorney Gadeir Abbas.

The 4th Circuit’s ruling against the travel restrictions as unconstitutional will not go into effect, as the Supreme Court has already agreed to decide the issue in the spring and has allowed the Trump administration to enact the travel restrictions, despite the legal challenges levied against it.

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The current iteration of Trump’s travel restrictions apply to Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen, which the administration labels high-risk countries due to hostile regimes, internal conflicts or terroristic activities. The circuit court’s majority, however, echoed CAIR’s allegations in its ruling against the travel restrictions, saying that the administration’s justification for the policy was different than its true intent in light of past statements from Trump that the justices interpreted to show an anti-Muslim bias.

“We are pleased that another court has recognized the enduring harm that American Muslims are suffering due to discriminatory and unconstitutional policies put forward by the Trump administration,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

CAIR’s rejoicing over a challenge to travel restrictions intended to prevent dangerous individuals coming to the U.S. and threaten the American people are suspect, however, given FBI Special Agent Lara Burns’s 2009 testimony that CAIR is a front for radical organizations that operate in the U.S. and a 15-year FBI investigation that revealed that CAIR conspired to raise funds for Hamas.

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