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Muslim civil rights group challenges Trump travel ban

  • Attorneys Shereef Akeel, left, Gadeir Abbas, and Lena F. Masri, right, stand as Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) national executive director Nihad Awad speaks during a news conference at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 in Washington. The group announced the filing of a federal lawsuit on behalf of more than 20 individuals challenging an executive order signed by President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Attorneys Shereef Akeel, left, Gadeir Abbas, and Lena F. Masri, right, stand as Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) national executive director Nihad Awad speaks during a news conference at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 in Washington. The group announced the filing of a federal lawsuit on behalf of more than 20 individuals challenging an executive order signed by President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) national executive director Nihad Awad, right, speaks as attorney Shereef Akeel, left, and CAIR national communications director Ibrahim Hooper stand nearby, during a news conference at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, in Washington. The group announced the filing of a federal lawsuit on behalf of more than 20 individuals challenging an executive order signed by President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) national executive director Nihad Awad, right, speaks as attorney Shereef Akeel, left, and CAIR national communications director Ibrahim Hooper stand nearby, during a news conference at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, in Washington. The group announced the filing of a federal lawsuit on behalf of more than 20 individuals challenging an executive order signed by President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) national executive director Nihad Awad speaks during a news conference at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, in Washington. The group announced the filing of a federal lawsuit on behalf of more than 20 individuals challenging an executive order signed by President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) national executive director Nihad Awad speaks during a news conference at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, in Washington. The group announced the filing of a federal lawsuit on behalf of more than 20 individuals challenging an executive order signed by President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

A Muslim civil rights group is joining the legal battle to overturn President Donald Trump's travel ban directed at seven Muslim-majority nations.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, challenging Trump's executive order. The lawsuit characterizes the ban as a first step in fulfilling Trump's campaign promise to impose "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" until the government "can figure out what is going on."

Trump's order suspends immigration for citizens of the seven countries for 90 days. Trump has said the action is being falsely characterized as a "Muslim ban."

A judge at the Alexandria courthouse already had issued a restraining order against the administration in response to a similar lawsuit filed over the weekend.