MESA - Middle East Studies Association


MESA has recently been addressing issues affecting the field of Middle East studies in light of current events like the Executive Order limiting travel to the U.S. from six Muslim-majority countries. This page has been created to consolidate MESA's work on these newly-emerging issues.

Responses to Executive Order imposing travel restrictions on people from six Muslim-majority countries
February 15, 2018 From ACLU: "Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Trump Muslim Ban" Read ruling here.
December 4, 2017 ACLU comments on Supreme Court action on Trump Muslim Ban. Oral arguments before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals will take place on Friday, December 8. The arguments will be live streamed. See: caseinformationefiling/cases-of-interest/details/2017/11/21/public-advisory-2-real-time-audio-17-2231-intl-ref-asst-proj-v-trump for information.
November 28, 2017 ACLU files response to government's request for stay of preliminary injunction of Muslim Ban 3.0
October 18, 2017 MESA Press Release on Federal Court's Block of Muslim Ban, Again
September 29, 2017 ACLU and NILC letter to Maryland District Court judge requesting to amend IRAP v. Trump complaint to include lastest Muslim ban and to request a preliminary injunction to stop its implementation
September 25, 2017 Joint Press Release: Response to Supreme Court canceling oral arguments in Muslim ban case
June 26, 2017 MESA Press Release: Limited Supreme Court Order Keeps Muslim Ban Blocked for Many
June 12, 2017 ACLU files brief in opposition to government's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court
May 26, 2017 Inside Higher Ed article on May 25 ruling
May 25, 2017 MESA Press Release: Federal Appeals Court Rules Trump Ban Unconstitutional
May 24, 2017 International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals (audio only)
May 8, 2017 Parties to lawsuit opposing the travel ban appear before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
Press Conference with ACLU attorneys and plaintiffs following the oral arguments
March 17, 2017 Coalition press release on Trump administration appeal
March 16, 2017 MESA press release on Maryland Court's blocking of Muslim ban
March 10, 2017 MESA joins as plaintiff in lawsuit opposing the travel ban (complaint [pdf] MESA declaration [pdf] Follow the case:
March 7, 2017 Survey regarding impact of travel ban on MESA constituents
March 8, 2017 TFCHR memo on revised presidential executive order
January 29, 2017 TFCHR memo on presidential executive order
January 29, 2017 MESA's Board of Directors Issues Statement on executive order
Creation of the Task Force on Civil and Human Rights
June 27, 2017 TFCHR memo on impact of Supreme Court decision on travel ban
March 8, 2017 TFCHR memo on presidential executive order
January 29, 2017 TFCHR memo on revised presidential executive order
January 27, 2017 Creation and Protocol




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