The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, advocacy groups and separated families are renewing a legal challenge to President Donald Trump's executive order barring travelers from some countries with majority Muslim populations.
The amended complaint filed Thursday in Detroit's U.S. District Court argues that the restrictions are unconstitutional and seeks a permanent injunction preventing its enforcement. The suit also claims the measure separates Muslim-Americans from relatives abroad as well as interferes with travel activities of some area nonprofit and business groups.
"Our nation was founded on the idea of religious freedom, which is a core constitutional right," said Nishchay Maskay, an attorney representing the plaintiffs in the case. "While the court allowed the ban to continue while it is being challenged, it did so based on preliminary evidence. We look forward to getting all the evidence and proving once and for all that this ban is unconstitutional religious discrimination."