Law suits challenge “Muslim Ban” executive order citing Constitutional guarantee of equal protection and statutory prohibitions against discrimination By Mary Kenney The fallout continues from last week’s immigration executive order, which has been coined the “Muslim Ban.” Several lawsuits have been filed to challenge the executive order, including Ali v. Trump, on the grounds that it violates the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law and a statutory prohibition against discrimination. The American Immigration Council, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild filed this nationwide, class action lawsuit in the District Court for the Western District of Washington on Monday, January 30. At issue in this lawsuit is Section 3 of the executive order, through which President Donald Trump abruptly suspended immigrant visa processing for nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries, and prohibited their entry into the United States. Section 3 violates Congress’ clear intent in Section 202(a)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act to prevent discrimination in the issuance of immigrant visas “because of the person’s race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or place of residence.” It also violates Plaintiffs’ constitutionally protected rights to family, marriage, and equal protection under the law. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents who have filed visa petitions for their close family members who are nationals of the seven countries. Reema Dahman, a lawful permanent resident of the United States, filed a petition to bring her 16-yearold son stranded in war-torn Syria to the United States. The two have not seen each other since 2012. They are now at the last stage of processing, waiting only for an immigrant visa interview to be scheduled. But the President’s executive order has suspended immigrant visa interviews, 10 Photo: Geoff Livingston putting safety and security further out of the boy’s reach and further delaying the boy’s reunification with his mother. Ms. Dahman described the moment she realized her separation from her son would continue by saying: “I’m heartbroken. Every day I am filled with anguish at what might become of my son, and this order just crushed my hopes that I could get him out of harm’s way anytime soon.” Juweiya Ali is also a plaintiff. Her More on page 40
Chuck Brooks named winner of “Cybersecurity Marketer of The Year” at the 2017 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards WASHINGTON, DC – Chuck Brooks, Vice President at Sutherland Government Solutions, and Chairman of The New Emerging Technologies Committee for CompTIA, was named winner of Cybersecurity Marketer of The Year at the 2017 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards. The 2017 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards recognize companies, products and individuals that demonstrate excellence, innovation and leadership in information security. The finalists and winners were selected based on the strength of their nomination and the popular vote by members of the Information Security Community (both ratings and comments). “Congratulations to Chuck Brooks for winning the Cybersecurity Marketer of the Year category in the 2017 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards,” said Holger Schulze, founder of the 350,000 member Information Security Community on LinkedIn which organizes the awards program. “With over 450 entries, the 2017 awards are highly competitive. All winners and finalists reflect the very best in leadership, excellence and innovation in today’s cybersecurity industry.” Chuck’s thought leadership writings on cybersecurity have helped shape the public policy debate as he 11 is respected in industry, in the Federal Government, academia, and on Capitol Hill. He has been a force in discussing, advocating, promoting cybersecurity issues across digital media, at events, in professional forums, and with a variety of public policy organizations. He has been a leading evangelist for cybersecurity, homeland security, and emerging technologies in both the public and private sectors. He was selected by LinkedIn as “One of the Top 5 Tech People to Follow On LinkedIn” by LinkedIn. He has been a featured speaker at numerous events and conferences. He recently presented at a workshop sponsored by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Securing Life Sciences Data. He recently spoke at George Washington University event about the Cyber Threat Spectrum, will be participating soon at USTRANSCOM Senior Leader Cyber Security Roundtable.