Donald Trump’s executive order putting a halt on America’s Syrian refugee resettlement and restricting travel from the seven countries named in the 2015 Terrorist Travel Prevention Act has sparked both outrage, and lawsuits.
New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Washington State have all joined a lawsuit challenging the travel ban that was issued by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of two University of Massachusetts Dartmouth professors from Iran who were temporarily detained at Boston’s Logan Airport despite being permanent U.S. residents.
The latest to file suit comes from none other than Trump’s media punching bag of choice: CNN.
According to The Blaze:
One CNN producer who was detained in Atlanta’s airport following President Donald Trump’s executive order banning entry into the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries is suing the White House.
Mohammed Tawfeeq, an Iraqi national, became a permanent legal resident of the United States in 2013, and as an editor for CNN, he frequently travels to the Middle East as part of his work duties, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday.
When he arrived at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Sunday, he was briefly detained and subjected to additional screening that ultimately delayed his re-entry into the U.S., the lawsuit claims, according to the AJC. It is not immediately clear where Tawfeeq was traveling from, though his latest report at CNN is from Irbil, Iraq.
The article goes on to say:
Tawfeeq has filed a lawsuit against the departments of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection and is seeking a declaration of his rights under the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The lawsuit argues that applying the executive order to lawful permanent residents of the U.S. or green card holders returning from an international trip violates not only the Immigration and Nationality Act but is also in breach of the Constitution.
Tawfeeq’s lawsuit also asserts that the brief questioning the CNN producer was subjected to violates his constitutional rights as a permanent legal U.S. resident.
From the issuance of the executive order last Friday, until the evening of the following Sunday, 109 people were stopped for additional screening, while 348 were prevented from boarding a plane. There were over 325,000 people who entered the U.S. by flight the 24 hours following the executive order, so while there was confusion, it at least affected a small percentage of travelers.
However, given that its only confusion regarding those holding visas from the seven banned nations, there are around 90,000 people who could potentially be affected.
Trump had already patched one problem with the executive order, exempting those with green cards from the ban, so it’s possible those with visas could be exempted, given the “ban” wasn’t aimed at targeting them in the first place.
The administration clearly wasn’t prepared for the confusion the ban would cause when it was implemented, but it’s all fixable. Obviously it’s unclear how far this lawsuit will go, but it’s a certainly that it’s only going to further strain CNN’s relationship with The Donald.
[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]