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US President Donald Trump’s travel ban inflicts “Significant harm” on Muslim Americans

Over a dozen groups representing the Muslim community filed a legal brief before the Court of Appeals for the dismissal of Trump's "unconstitutional" orders

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Washington, Feb 7, 2017: “Significant harm” is inflicted on Muslim Americans by US President Donald Trump’s travel ban on nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, over half a dozen groups representing the community have told a court, urging it to cancel the “unconstitutional” order.

According to the legal brief filed by the groups before US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, “The Executive Order is an unconstitutional infringement upon the rights of Muslims. It inflicts significant harm on the American Muslim community and American Muslim professionals.”

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“It threatens American Muslims’ ability to practice their professions in the United States; it threatens American Muslims who live, work, travel and have families abroad; and it subjects Muslims to a damaging stigma,” collective legal filing added.

Muslim Advocates, American Muslim Health Professionals, Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals, Islamic Medical Association of North America, Muslim Urban Professionals, National Arab American Medical Association and Network of Arab-American Professionals are prominent among the groups.

The organisations urged the Court to reject the Government’s Motion for extraordinary interlocutory relief and said Muslim Americans were going through an additional injury as a result of the stigma that has attached to the community in an unfair and irrational way.

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 “The intentional and false stigmatisation of Muslims as potential terrorists—even if supposedly limited to Muslims from the 7 majority-Muslim countries expressly included in the Executive Order — will, if not restrained, continue to irreparably harm Amici,” it mentioned.

Contrary to the misconception propagated by the “Muslim ban”, the presence of Muslims in America is not a threat to American security. Studies have proven Muslims have been a part of America since the founding of the nation, when 10—15 per cent of slaves forcibly brought to America were Muslim, the filing pointed out.

“Muslims have expended their blood, sweat, and tears building and defending the United States,” it informed, adding that more than 5,000 Muslims are associated with the US military services, and many have sacrificed their lives in battlefields to defend American interests.

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“They also provide necessary healthcare, educate our nation’s children, create jobs, and contribute innovation that is an essential driver of our nation’s economic growth. Today, Muslims represent one per cent of the US population,” the legal brief concluded.

 prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

 

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On New Year, President Trump threatens to stop Aid to Pakistan

President Donald Trump began the New Year on Monday with a blistering attack on Pakistan, saying it will get no more US aid.

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Donald Trump points out the $33 billion aid that Pakistan had already got in the past. Pixabay
  • Donald Trump threatens to stop all USA’s aid to Pakistan on this  New Year.
  • Trump alleged that Pakistan misuses the funds and shelter terrorists.
  • Not only Trump, but Pakistan has been accused of the same by India and Afghanistan too.

President Donald Trump began the New Year on Monday with a blistering attack on Pakistan, saying it will get no more US aid as it was giving “safe haven to terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan”.

“The US has foolishly given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools,” Trump tweeted in his strongest denunciation of Islamabad.

“They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” he added.

There was no immediate official reaction in Islamabad.

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U.S. President, Donald Trump accused Pakistan of providing a safe heaven to terrorists. . Wikimedia

Trump’s announcement follows an increasingly tense back-and-forth between Washington and Islamabad after the US President unveiled his administration’s National Security Strategy.

He had then reminded Pakistan about its obligation towards helping the US because it got “massive payments” from Washington every year.

“We have made it clear to Pakistan that while we desire continued partnership, we must see decisive action against terrorist groups operating on their territory,” Trump had said. “They have to help.”

Pakistan is also accused by Afghanistan and India of harbouring terrorists ranged against the two countries. Islamabad routinely denies such charges. IANS