Most recently, Mr. Demir appeared by invitation of the Vatican to participate in the inaugural Faith and Philanthropy Summit; yet despite carrying his invitation specifically articulating Pope Francis’ hope that he and the other select invitees attend, Mr. Demir once again endured lengthy delays and extensive searching at the airport, with once again no reason given to him.
“The United States government owes Halil Demir an explanation,” observed CLCMA’s Civil Litigation Department Head Christina A. Jump, who serves as the lead attorney on this lawsuit and is joined on the pleadings by Civil Litigation Staff Attorney Samira Elhosary. “The fact that Mr. Demir regularly receives invitations to meet with dignitaries, and clears the security requirements to do so, demonstrates just how illogical and contradictory the government’s treatment of him when he travels really is. And with the frequency that he travels and the degree of delay and targeting he endures each time, no one believes this to be random. The government both targets Mr. Demir, and exalts him as the valuable member of society that he is. At the very least, he deserves an explanation and the chance to respond. Yet the government refuses to give him that chance.”
MLFA and its legal division CLCMA hope that turning to the courts for resolution will lead to more answers for Mr. Demir, as well as a change to the black box policies still utilized by the United States government that deprive Mr. Demir and others like him of their constitutional rights to due process.