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CAIR to Announce Suit on Behalf of U.S. Citizen from Florida on ‘No-Fly List’ Barred from Re-Entering Country

(JACKSONVILLE, FL, 7/19/17) – On Thursday, July 20, the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida) and CAIR’s National Legal Defense Fund will hold a news conference to announce the filing of a lawsuit on behalf of Zijad Bosnic, a U.S. citizen who was prevented from boarding a flight back to his home in the United States from Bosnia.

CAIR’s lawsuit will be filed in the Middle District of Florida.

The lawsuit challenges the methods used to place American citizens on the national “no-fly list” and calls for injunctive and declaratory relief for Bosnic because he was denied re-entry due to his placement on the list. While he was suspended from travelling, Bosnic, a truck driver, also had his Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) suspended.

CAIR will be holding a press conference with Zijad Bosnic and his legal representatives, Omar Saleh from CAIR-Florida and Lena Masri from the CAIR National Legal Defense Fund.

WHAT: CAIR News Conference with Zijad Bosnic on ‘No-Fly List’ Case

WHEN: Thursday, July 20, Noon

WHERE: Outside Jacksonville U.S. District Court, 300 North Hogan Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

CONTACT: CAIR-Florida Communications Director, Wilfredo A. Ruiz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 305.502.6749; CAIR-Florida Civil Rights Attorney Omar Saleh, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 954.272.0490, Ext. 140; CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"Our government is placing U.S. citizens, who have never been charged with or convicted of a single crime let alone never been suspected of committing a terrorist act, in a serious position of systematic disenfranchisement by their arbitrary placement on the no-fly list for no cognizable reason other than the fact that they are Muslim. Our client is now unable to work and earn a living due to his TWIC suspension and he's not the only American in this position," said Omar Saleh, one of Bosnic’s attorneys.

SEE: CAIR Calls No-Fly Policy Change a “Step in the Right Direction”

https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/12936-cair-calls-no-fly-policy-change-a-step-in-the-right-direction.html

CAIR Welcomes Ruling that No-Fly List Appeals Process is Unconstitutional

https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/12536-cair-welcomes-ruling-that-no-fly-list-appeals-process-is-unconstitutional.html

Gadeir Abbas, an attorney with the CAIR National Legal Defense Fund who is also representing Bosnic, added: "There have been more than 1.5 million nominations to the federal terror watch list since 2009 and in 2013 for example, the Terrorist Screening Center converted 98.96 percent of those nominations into watch list placements - the effect is severely limiting American Muslims from the same rights afforded to non-Muslim Americans, and it's not making the country any safer."

Bosnic, who was eventually allowed back into the U.S., arrived in his hometown of Jacksonville yesterday but is not able to work the same truck routes because the Transportation Security Administration’s suspension of his credentials to enter shipping ports. Other American Muslims in the same situation are considering joining the lawsuit.

CAIR-Florida is the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR-Florida es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Florida Communications Director, Wilfredo A. Ruiz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 305.502.6749; CAIR-Florida Civil Rights Attorney Omar Saleh, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 954.272.0490, Ext. 140; CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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