A CNN producer and Iraqi national, Mohammed Tawfeeq, was detained Sunday at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International-Airport, where he was subjected to additional screening that delayed his entry into the United States because of President Trump’s so-called immigration ban. Consequently, he has filed a federal law suit challenging Trump’s executive order, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Tawfeeq has been a permanent legal resident of the United States since 2013.
As a producer/editor for the network, Tawfeeq frequently travels to the Middle East as part of his reporting duties, the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit, filed against the departments of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection and other federal agencies, seeks a declaration of Tawfeeq’s rights under the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The suits states that applying this executive order to lawful permanent residents or green card holders returning after a brief trip abroad violates the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Administrative Procedure Act and the U.S. Constitution.
“The executive order has greatly increased the uncertainty involved in current and future international travel for returning lawful permanent residents like Mr. Tawfeeq,” the lawsuit states, per the AJC.