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CAIR Action Alert: One Week Left to Speak Up Against Trump’s ‘Back Door Muslim Ban’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/26/17) – The deadline to submit public comments rejecting the Trump administration’s proposal to make its anti-Muslim, anti-Arab, anti-Iranian, and anti-immigrant extreme visa vetting program permanent is Monday, October 2.

CAIR, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice), and NIAC Action are urging a final week of public action and comments.

The deadline to comment on what many are calling a “Back Door Muslim Ban” is Monday, October 2nd at 8:59 p.m. PST (or 11:59 p.m. EST). The three groups have launched an online-portal to electronically submit public comment.

TAKE ACTION: SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS TODAY – REJECT EXTREME VETTING

Background: Donald Trump’s illegal Muslim ban executive orders have been knocked down by the courts twice, but are currently stuck at the U.S. Supreme Court. But now he is trying another way to implement his discriminatory agenda in a way that tries to side-step the courts: new “extreme vetting” requirements in visa applications.

If approved, this policy would be devastating for our communities. It would let the Trump administration gather huge amounts of personal data about visa applicants, including their social media history for the past five years and their travel history for the past fifteen years. The Trump administration would then be able to use this vast amount of information to reject visas; if they wrongly reject someone’s visa application, it is very hard to fight that decision.

Collecting this social media information is particularly frightening. We have already seen cases where visas were denied because U.S. government officials misunderstood innocent social media posts. Collecting this information on such a vast scale is sure to lead to widespread rejection of visas for inappropriate reasons, and the language about who can be targeted for this information collection is so broad that it can encompass huge groups of people. Given this administration’s unchecked Islamophobia, this policy is sure to be used very heavily against the Muslim community and against people from countries targeted by his Muslim Bans.

The Trump Administration is once again trying to push a Muslim Ban, this time by calling it “extreme vetting.” We should not be fooled. Take action today to protect our communities from this back door ban.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.           

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CONTACT: CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert McCaw, 202-999-8292, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Action Alert: Imam Suhaib Webb to Speak at CAIR’s 23rd Annual Banquet

Past events have been sold out, no tickets are sold at the door -- so register TODAY to reserve your place

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/22/17) – Nationally-known and respected Islamic scholar and community activist Imam Suhaib Webb will be a keynote speaker at CAIR’s 23rd annual banquet on Saturday, October 28, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va.

Registration for CAIR’s banquet is now available online. In past years, the banquet has sold out. No tickets will be sold at the door, so register TODAY to reserve your place.

With the theme “Living Our Faith: Defending Freedom,” CAIR's 23rd Annual Banquet will feature a number of other nationally-known speakers and awardees, including:

  • Abdul El-Sayed, 2018 Candidate for Governor of Michigan
  • Deedra Abboud, 2018 Candidate for the U.S. Senate, Arizona
  • Azhar Azeez, President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)

Banquet attendees will also be entertained by comedian Jeremy McLellan and will meet the winners of CAIR’s annual awards.

TO REGISTER, GO TO: https://www.cair.com/banquet/

Individual tickets cost $65.

Reserve a Table(s) of 10:

Banquet tables for a family, business, mosque, or other group, can be reserved by calling 202-742-6454 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Space in the program book is available for advertisements to reach all banquet attendees. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a sponsorship form.

 

CAIR Action Alert: Urge Congress to Support Disarm Hate Act

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/20/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on all Americans to urge their congressional representatives to co-sponsor and support the Disarm Hate Act (H.R. 2841/S.1324). The act is sponsored by Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) and Senator Robert Casey (D-PA).

Introduced in June -- one week before the Congressional baseball practice shooting and two months before the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. -- the act would ban gun sales to people who have been convicted of a hate crime or a misdemeanor committed out of hatred of a person’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability from attaining a firearm.

TAKE ACTION – EMAIL CONGRESS TODAY

SEE: H.R.2841 - Disarm Hate Act / S.1324 - Disarm Hate Act

“CAIR urges Congress to support the Disarm Hate Act and better protect minority community members from gun violence by disarming those convicted of violent hate crimes,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw

Although convicted felons are currently prohibited from owning a gun under Federal law, only six states prohibit individuals with a misdemeanor hate crime from buying one.

“If you commit a hate crime, you shouldn’t be allowed to own a gun. Period. There is a clear link between these horrific hate crimes and gun violence. We know that those who commit hate crimes become increasingly violent as time goes on. No American family should have to suffer because of this loophole. Let’s disarm hate once and for all,” said Rep. Cicilline.

"If you’ve been convicted of a crime based on hate, you should have zero access to a gun. It’s not complicated," added Senator Casey.

SEE: Cicilline, Casey Introduce Disarm Hate Act

The Disarm Hate Act addresses the loophole by amending the federal criminal code to include those convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime or an enhanced sentence crime because it was partially motivated by hate. For an act to fall under this classification, it needs to involve the use, attempted use, or the threat of using physical force or a weapon to inflict physical harm on a person based one of the protected classification identities.

According to research completed by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, “hate crimes are up about 20 percent in the nation’s largest cities so far in 2017.” In one of these cities, Washington D.C., hate crimes rose 62 percent from the prior year. For anti-Muslim hate crimes in particular, the nation experienced a 67 percent increase from 2016.

CAIR supports reasonable gun safety reforms that could have the potential to stop mass-shootings like the ones that took place in Florida, Sandy Hook, Aurora, and Charleston. Policies like expanding background checks to all gun sales – including private handgun sales, gun shows and online sales; help keep guns out of the hands of individuals convicted of hate crimes, domestic violence or stalking. CAIR also calls for federally-funded research into the causes and effects of gun violence in America.

SEE: The NRA has blocked gun violence research for 20 years. Let's end its stranglehold on science.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert McCaw, 202-999-8292, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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