New Jersey Mayor to Sue Biden Administration Over Alleged Watchlist Disinvitation

New Jersey Mayor to Sue Biden Administration Over Alleged Watchlist Disinvitation.

New Jersey Mayor to Sue Biden Administration Over Alleged Watchlist Disinvitation

A mayor from New Jersey, who belongs to the Democratic Party, is preparing to take legal action against the Biden administration next week. He alleges that he was uninvited from a White House Eid al-Fitr celebration earlier this year due to his presence on a terrorism watchlist.

Mohamed Khairullah, who serves as the Mayor of Prospect Park and is known as the longest-serving Muslim mayor in New Jersey, stated in May that the Secret Service denied him security clearance, preventing him from attending the gathering with other prominent Muslim leaders and President Joe Biden.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization that has been critical of the watchlist, particularly for its alleged targeting of Muslims, intends to file a lawsuit on Monday in federal court in Massachusetts to challenge the government’s use of the list. Several lawsuits challenging such lists have been in progress for some time.

Khairullah expressed his disappointment and shock at the situation, citing the principles of the Constitution that presume innocence until guilt is proven. He stated in May, “I honestly don’t know what my charge, if you want to put it that way, is at this point, to be treated in such a manner.”

As of Saturday, Khairullah had not responded to requests for comment. He did, however, share the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ announcement of the lawsuit on his social media accounts.

CAIR has called on the Biden administration to halt the dissemination of the Federal Terrorist Screening Dataset by the FBI, a watchlist reportedly containing approximately 1.5 million names. The organization claimed that its review of a leaked copy in January revealed that it primarily consisted of Arabic and Muslim names.

During their examination, CAIR attorneys identified a name and date of birth that matched those of Mayor Khairullah. He suspected that he had been on the list since 2019 when he began experiencing interrogations and searches during his travels.

Mayor Khairullah was born in Syria, and his family fled persecution in 1980. They resided in Saudi Arabia before immigrating to the United States in 1991.

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