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Anti-Islam Bills Die in Texas Legislature

Anti Islam Bills Die in Texas Legislature smCAIR GOOD NEWS ALERT: Anti-Islam Bills Die in Texas Legislature

(DALLAS, HOUSTON, SAN ANTONIO, 6/3/15) – The Texas office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Texas) today applauded the failure of anti-Islam bills in that state’s legislature.

The legislature adjourned without passing the House and Senate versions of the so-called "Anti-Foreign Law" bills.

CAIR-Texas says the bills were similar to those introduced in state legislatures nationwide in a campaign to demonize Islam and marginalize American Muslims.

In a statement, CAIR-Texas said:

“We thank all the lawmakers who showed wisdom and courage in opposing this unnecessary and unconstitutional legislation and focused on the more pressing issues - like education, health care and the economy - that our state is facing at this time.”

Representatives of CAIR-Texas testified against passage of the bills.

CAIR-TX urged all the conscientious resident of the State to let their Legislators know that these bills were unnecessary, waste of time and resources.

CAIR also urged state voters to urge the Texas State Assembly to reject the anti-Islam bills.

Supporters of bills failed to acknowledge that American courts are already required to adhere to U.S. law. So-called “Anti-foreign law” legislation infringes on the constitutionally-protected right to choose Islamic marriage contracts, implement Islamic wills or to be buried according to one's religious beliefs.

If these laws had passed, they would have negatively impact the validation of international adoptions and foreign marriages. Moreover, these laws may bar any state court from considering of Catholic Canon law and Jewish Halaqa law, which are also considered by many courts to be a type of foreign law.

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.

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CAIR Joins Coalition Letter Opposing Bills Aimed at Patriot Act Reauthorization

CAIR Joins Coalition Letter Opposing Bills Aimed at Patriot Act Reauthorization

CAIR yesterday joined a coalition of more than 50 civil society organizations in letter addressed to Senate leadership in opposition to Senators Burr and Feinstein’s respectively drafted Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Improvements Act of 2015 and the FISA Reform Act of 2015, proposals that fail to properly address overbroad surveillance activities, and would weaken privacy, civil liberties, and the digital economy.

Both bills contain flaws and omissions that are incompatible with the goal of stopping domestic bulk collection under section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, which is set to expire at 12:00 am on June 1. These bills also authorize the government to impose a data retention mandate on private businesses, a privacy-threatening measure that is unnecessary and unacceptable.

The letter concludes by asking the Senate to let Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act expire without any further interference. To read the letter, click here.

CAIR Joins Nationwide Effort to Highlight Immigrant Impact on History and Future of America

Immigrant Heritage Month(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/28/15) – Today the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, announced its support of the second-annual Immigrant Heritage Month, an initiative to partner community organizations, elected officials, corporations, artists, and thought leaders to gather and share inspirational stories of American immigrants.

“While nearly eight in ten American Muslims are immigrants, the history of United States Muslim immigration goes back more than 400 years. As the most racially-diverse religious group in the U.S., we celebrate the diversity of the American Muslim immigrant experience and encourage community members to participate in Immigrant Heritage Month and share their story of how they came to be U.S. citizens,” said CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw.

"America is a nation of immigrants. This is - and always has been - a source of incredible strength that unifies us all,” said Todd Schulte, President of FWD.us. “The strength, sacrifice, and contributions of the Muslim immigrant community helped build this great nation. To honor that, our goal with Immigrant Heritage Month this June is to highlight the intersections our immigrant experience and illuminate how each individual journey has been instrumental to the formation, foundation, and ongoing strength of the United States of America.”

Supporters are encouraged to connect with Immigrant Heritage Month through social media or events in their city and share their own unique immigration story.

Visit ‘welcome.us’ for more information on how to share your story and learn more about our nationwide effort.

About Welcome.us

Welcome.us, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to celebrating a United States that is fueled by immigrants from around the world. Immigrant Heritage Month honors the ways in which America and the immigrants who have built our country are linked in a shared, productive history.

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.

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