Other tech company executives, ranging from Tesla CEO Elon Musk to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, have spoken out against the order. Yet only Amazon, Microsoft, and Expedia -- all of which are based in the Seattle area in Washington -- are in a position to support this particular legal challenge to the immigration ban, at least until more lawsuits begin popping up around the country.
CAIR files broadest lawsuit
In Washington DC., the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil advocacy group, Monday filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of more than 20 "John Doe" individuals who say President Donald Trump's unilateral "Muslim ban" action is unconstitutional. "Our First Amendment is under attack."
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Virginia, states that the order is unconstitutional because its apparent purpose and underlying motive is to ban people of the Islamic faith in Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
"It is not a matter of legality; it is a matter of morality and there is a big difference. If you want to play it by law, yes slavery was legal, but it was wrong. Preventing women from voting in America was legal, but it was wrong. Preventing refugees from entering now is wrong," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
"Our First Amendment is under attack. We, as attorneys, are foot soldiers of the American Constitution and took an oath to protect all from being targeted by the government because of their faith," Shereef Akeel, an attorney who is co-counsel on the lawsuit, said in a press release.
Mr Trump's order, officially titled "Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals", sparked a massive surge of protests on Saturday and Sunday after more than 100 travellers were held in airport detention centres despite having been vetted and approved by the US government prior to their journey to the US.
The lawsuit comes as the acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, ordered Justice Department lawyers to not defend the controversial executive order in court. "For as long as I am the acting attorney general," Ms Yates said, "the Department of Justice will not present arguments in defence of the executive order, unless and until I become convinced that it is appropriate to do so."Not surprisingly, Sally Yates was fired by the Trump administration.
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