Mohammed Tawfeeq, an Atlanta-based editor and producer for CNN International, has filed a suit in federal court challenging Pres. Trump’s executive order on immigration.
Tawfeeq, an Iraqi national who has been a permanent legal resident of the U.S. since 2013, was detained at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Sunday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
The lawsuit, filed against the U.S. 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.
“This is a basic request to clarify and assert his rights under the law,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement. “We support him in this effort and hope its resolved quickly.”
According to his CNN bio, Tawfeeq, whose title is News Desk Producer, “has more than 10 years’ experience as an international news editor and producer specializing in the Middle East and North Africa.”
“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. Read the full complaint below: