August 31, 2017
Issue: Muslim Ban
Hajj Travel Advisory
Know your rights when returning from Mecca.
Every year, thousands of Americans travel to Mecca for Hajj. But the Muslim ban has created additional confusion and increased problems at U.S. borders and airports, with travelers facing religious-based questioning, seizure of electronics, and prolonged detentions.
While Saudi Arabia is not officially listed as a designated country under the Muslim ban or explicitly subject to extreme vetting, there have been reports of American Muslims being discriminated against by airport and customs officials.
Read and Share the Know Your Rights Fact Sheet
Read the fact sheet to prepare for coming back from Mecca. The fact sheet provides important information on how to understand your rights regarding:
Muslim Advocates has a confidential and secure online reporting form.
Regardless of your immigration status, your race or religion cannot be used as a justification for questioning or searches.
If you feel like you, your family member, or someone you know may have been discriminated against, try to obtain the officer’s name, number, and other identifying information, and complete our secure and confidential reporting form here or call us at 202-897-1897.
Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths.