I first learned about Hemza Lefsih’s case during Ramadan of this year. I remember discussing the details with my family, asking ourselves how it was possible that someone could go to jail and almost get deported for misunderstanding the definition of citation on an administrative question.
I’m kind of a Mo Amer fan. I have seen two of his standup specials, and recently I watched the first season of Mo on Netflix. I enjoyed it. It’s funny; the characters were realistic and likable; it was easy to watch the whole season in a day or two. It’s easy to relate to their experiences, although sometimes it’s hard to watch – watching the family face the anxiety of their immigration status as asylees
MLFA’s Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America (CLCMA) has been successful at getting more than a dozen clients off the No Fly List. We’ve helped clients who were presumably on Watchlists to get the security clearance they need to work at the airport or for the government. We’ve ensured that clients can travel without excessive harassment at the airport.
Impact litigation is one of MLFA’s major strategies. In addition to trying to win each individual case, we work for long-term change, attempting to affect the underlying laws and policies.
Our MLFA-funded Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America (CLCMA) has been recognized and referenced by the legal community for our experience and expertise on Watchlist-related cases.
You’re starting to put the pieces together. You have a growing family. You’re making progress on your Information Science degree. You’ve found a job that provides some balance, working as a baggage handler. You enjoy the manual labor. Since you work for the airlines, it’s easier and cheaper to travel. Things are coming together.
MLFA has been influential in changing laws that target Muslims in the United States. In this case, our attorneys from the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America (CLCMA) were able to achieve a reduced sentence for Nima Yusuf. This set the precedent for other judges to determine more just and proportionate sentencing in similar cases.