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Maryland Muslim, civil liberties representatives oppose new travel ban

Representatives from Muslim and civil liberties organizations in Maryland expressed their displeasure Monday evening after President Donald J. Trump signed a new executive order blocking new visas for citizens of six majority Muslim nations.

Zainab Chaudry, a spokeswoman for the Council on American–Islamic Relations in Maryland, said the Muslim civil liberties group was pleased some of the more "egregious, problematic" aspects of the order had been revised, but said components remained that were "deeply disturbing."

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She said CAIR plans to challenge the order "in every way possible."

"It's not just the legality of it, it's the morality of it that is a concern for us," Chaudry said. "We're going to do everything we can to push back against it."

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Meredith Curtis, a spokeswoman for the ACLU of Maryland, also said the ACLU plans to challenge the order in court.

"American Muslims are us, they are our friends, our neighbors, our business partners, they are a vital part of the American community," she said. "When we discriminate against one part of our community we are really going against core American values. That's something all of us should be concerned about and all of us should oppose."

The order institutes a 90-day ban on people from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen and will not apply to foreign students, engineers, tourists and relatives who are traveling to this country or temporarily traveling aboard. It suspends the refugee program for 120 days.

The March order comes after a similar order signed in January caused widespread disruption at airports and led to protests and condemnation. The previous executive order applied to the six countries in the new order, plus Iraq.

The Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.

cwells@baltsun.com


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