Attorneys suspect government action based on religion, ethnicity
DALLAS (November 6, 2017) – A 41-year-old American Muslim of Bosnian descent was removed from the controversial No-Fly List after a two-year legal battle with the Department of Homeland Security.
In May of 2015, the complainant was prevented from boarding a flight from the United States to Bosnia Herzegovina to visit his ailing parents. Airport personnel told him there was an issue preventing him from traveling and he should contact the DHS.
On May 30, 2015, he filed a Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP) complaint. On February 19, 2016, he received a letter from DHS confirming his inclusion on the No-Fly List.
After not being able to make progress with his complaint, he contacted Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America, a nonprofit law firm dedicated to defending constitutional rights for Muslims in America, in February, 2017. Attorneys from CLCMA wrote letters in March, June and September.
In the September 6 letter, his attorneys told DHS that is they did not hear back, they would have no choice but to assume the lack of adherence to DHS regulations and timeframes was based on their client's religion, national origin or both.
On September 9, CLCMA received a letter addressed to their client from DHS dated September 7 stating "[a]fter further review of your inquiry, we have determined that you are no longer on the No Fly List."
Representatives from Muslim Legal Fund of America, a charity that funds CLCMA and other projects to defend constitutional rights for Muslims in America, said this case is an example of the injustice Muslims are facing in America.
"I couldn't imagine the U.S. government preventing you or any law-abiding citizen from visiting their family," said Khalil Meek, executive director of MLFA. "Keeping loved ones apart just because of their faith or ethnicity is the opposite of freedom, liberty and justice for all."
Meek said that American Muslims who believe their constitutional rights are being violated should learn more about MLFA and the projects is funds at mlfa.org.
About Muslim Legal Fund of America
Muslim Legal Fund of America is a national nonprofit charity that funds projects to defend constitutional rights in America. Established in 2001, MLFA has defended freedom of speech, freedom of religion, right to a fair trial, right to an attorney, due process of law and other constitutional rights.
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