Two years ago, President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning nationals from several predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, in fulfillment of a campaign promise to enact a “total and complete shutdown” on Muslims entering our country. Thousands of people thronged to airports, and over the course of the next weeks and months, multiple courts blocked the order and its subsequent iterations from going into effect. Ultimately, however, the Supreme Court allowed a version of Trump’s travel ban to be fully implemented. After that decision, many thought the legal fight was over. But it’s not—many of the families and groups who have been hit hardest by the ban are continuing to challenge this discriminatory policy and trying to get answers to questions about the travel ban that the high court left unresolved.
On Tuesday, the District Court in Maryland will hear oral arguments on the government’s motion to dismiss three pending cases, including the case IAAB v. Trump, which is being litigated by my organization, Muslim Advocates, and our partners. Although the Trump v. Hawaii decision was a setback, the Supreme Court did not settle the question of whether the ban violates the Establishment Clause in that decision. Instead, it sent it back to the lower courts, where we and our plaintiffs are renewing our legal challenge.