Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a top member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and officials from 34 cities and municipalities across the United States, have filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York on behalf of the plaintiff in Darweesh v. Trump. Mr. Darweesh is an Iraqi national who worked for the U.S. military. He had a valid visa to enter the country, but he is currently in CBP custody pending removal back to Iraq, where he and his family’s lives are in danger because of the support he offered us during the war.
“This travel ban is unlawful, unconstitutional, and discriminatory,” Engel said. “It stokes hatred in the hearts of our enemies and callously turns a blind eye to our friends and others who seek refuge on our soil. Our judicial system, so far, has upheld the Constitution and halted the implementation of this ban, but we cannot rest on our laurels and assume the battle is won. This case is further proof that the fight is not over, and our brief shows that Americans across the country do not support this Muslim ban. We will not rest until this unconstitutional order is thoroughly defeated.”
Please note this statement was originally published on February 17, 2017 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.