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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219


For media inquiries only, contact:  
Lara Sisselman, Press Secretary
Phone: (804)786-5874 
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~On 4th Circuit Ruling in Muslim Ban Case~

RICHMOND (May 25, 2017)-Attorney General Herring issued the following statement on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision upholding a nationwide preliminary injunction against President Trump's Muslim ban:
"I saw this ban for exactly what it was, as have courts across the country. Even after President Trump tried to scale it back and better hide his tracks, his Muslim ban still suffers from a fatal dose of religious animus. It is so appropriate that the bedrock principle of religious freedom has again been affirmed by a Court sitting just blocks from where Jefferson's Statute for Religious Freedom was signed. I am proud to have helped lead the fight against this unconstitutional and un-American ban, and will continue to do all I can to make sure all Virginians know they are an important part of our Commonwealth, no matter how they pray or worship."   
 Attorney General Herring co-authored with Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh a brief of 17 states opposing the Muslim ban in the Fourth Circuit. He also successfully challenged the original Muslim ban in federal court in Virginia, winning the nation's first and only preliminary injunction against the original travel ban and winning significant concessions in the revised order. He also filed an amicus brief in support of Washington and Minnesota in their successful challenge to the first ban, as well as Hawaii's successful challenge against the revised travel ban.