The ACLU Has Filed Suit to Challenge Donald Trump's Executive Order on Immigration

"This ban cannot be allowed to continue."

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The ACLU announced this morning that it is challenging Donald Trump's immigration ban. In a statement (opens in new tab) on its website, the organization announced that it, along with "several groups" had filed suit on behalf of two Iraqi men who were en route to the U.S. on immigration visas when Trump signed the executive order.

"President Trump's war on equality is already taking a terrible human toll. This ban cannot be allowed to continue," Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, said in the statement.

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The men, Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, were traveling with visas when the ban was signed. Darweesh was traveling on an Iraqi special Immigrant Visa and had previously worked as an interpreter for U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Alshawi was traveling with a Follow to Join Visa to join his wife and seven-year-old son in Houston, Texas.

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