Supporters of Donald Trump are planning to go to court Monday to challenge President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting travel from six Muslim-majority countries.
The group is asking a federal judge to issue a temporary restraining order to halt enforcement of the order, arguing it could have a detrimental effect on the U.S. economy and the American people.
Trump signed an executive order on January 25 that barred travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days, indefinitely suspends the refugee program for 120 days, and temporarily bars entry for refugees for 120 hours.
The order has been blocked by courts across the country.
Trump’s order also temporarily halted the refugee resettlement program in the U:States with large Muslim populations, including New Jersey, California and Illinois, are also plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
A federal judge in San Francisco last week granted a preliminary injunction barring enforcement of Trump’s order in the case.
“The President’s actions in this matter could affect not only American businesses, but also the U.” said Mary Jo Foley, the director of the ACLU’s Immigrant Rights Project.
“The Trump administration’s actions are an attack on American values and on the fundamental rights and freedoms of all people, including Muslims.
The Administration has made clear it will continue to use every legal and constitutional avenue available to protect Americans from the threats posed by these terrorists and to prevent this country from becoming a breeding ground for terrorists and criminals.””
If the Executive Order were to be issued by the President’s executive orders, it could potentially be interpreted by the courts as an illegal and discriminatory measure, as well as an attack upon the rights of religious minorities and the free exercise of religion,” Foley said.
“And we urge the Court to intervene to prevent the Executive Orders from being implemented.”
The Trump Administration has not yet responded to the legal filing, but in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from The Hill, it wrote in a statement: “The Executive Order is designed to protect the country from foreign terrorists who seek to do us harm and is not intended to target religious minorities, or any other religious group.
We are reviewing the court’s request for the full text of the Executive order.”
A federal judge has already issued an injunction blocking enforcement of parts of the executive order, which temporarily restricts the refugee and visa program for refugees and the entry of foreign nationals into the U., but does not prevent those from entering for 90 more days.
A judge in Chicago has also temporarily blocked enforcement of portions of the immigration order, but that case is pending in the courts.
The administration has previously threatened lawsuits over the order if courts do not order a temporary halt to enforcement of it.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.