(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/20/2017) – On Tuesday, March 21, a hearing will take place before Judge Anthony Trenga at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Courtroom 701) in Alexandria, VA., for arguments on the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) legal challenge to President Trump’s so-called ‘Muslim Ban 2.0” executive order.
In its lawsuit, CAIR seeks a temporary restraining order and/or preliminary injunction to enjoin the entirety of the executive order on behalf of an American citizen - among others - seeking to be reunited with a foreign-born spouse, as well as for students whose ability to visit their families abroad would be imperiled by the executive order.
CAIR is also representing more than 20 Muslims who are subject to the stigmatization resulting from the executive order.
Earlier this month, CAIR held a news conference at its Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C., to respond to the signing of President Trump’s new “Muslim Ban 2.0” executive order. In his prepared statement for the news conference, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said: “This scaled-back order represents a partial victory for Americans fighting for the rights of immigrants in the U.S. and directly responds to several immigration cases and scenarios brought forward in CAIR’s anti-ban lawsuit.
(NEW YORK, N.Y., 3/20/17) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today announced its support for a proposed New York City Council security grant program that would allocate $25 million to protect to help protect Muslim, Jewish and other nonprofit institutions, safeguarding those community centers and cultural institutions at the greatest risk of attack.
Official statistics show a 54 percent uptick in hate crimes New York City in 2016; however, reports to CAIR-NY indicate a much greater increase in such incidents targeting the Muslim community. CAIR-NY officials say they continue to see evidence of systemic under-reporting of anti-Muslim attacks.
"Given the unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes, we expect Muslim community centers and mosques will be among those receiving much-needed funding under this program," said CAIR-NY’s Board President Zead Ramadan.
"New York's Muslim and Jewish communities have both seen a disturbing rise in violence, and we expect that this funding will help both faith communities keep their members safe," CAIR-NY's Legal Director Albert Cahn.
A soon-to-be-published CAIR report on Islamophobia in America is expected to show that 2016 was the worst year on record for incidents in which mosques were targets of bias.
Yesterday, CAIR’s Iowa chapter called for a hate crime investigation of an anti-Muslim message left at a mosque in that state.
Video: CAIR-Iowa Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Trump Supporter's Anti-Muslim Message Left at Mosque
(CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, 3/19/17) -- The Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Iowa), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, tonight called for a hate crime investigation of an anti-Muslim message left at a mosque in that state.
A message, signed “Americans for a Better Way,” calling Muslims “vile” and “filthy” was left at the Islamic Center of Des Moines this weekend. It appears to have been written by a supporter of President Donald Trump, and stated that Trump is “going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews,” and that it “would be wise to pack your bags” and leave.
Similar threats and hate messages have been sent recently to other Iowa mosques, and to mosques in a number of other states, including Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Alabama, Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, and Georgia.
Video: CAIR-Alabama Says Other Mosques May Have Received Threats
(AUSTIN, TEXAS, 3/19/17) – The Texas office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Texas) today condemned what it called a “cheap Islamophobic publicity stunt” by that state’s Attorney General Ken Paxton, whose office has raised objections to the use of a spare classroom by Muslim middle school students to perform their daily prayers.
Paxton’s office sent the Frisco school district superintendent a letter Friday expressing “concerns” that the classroom is being used by Muslim students. In a news release, Paxton’s office falsely stated: “Recent news reports have indicated that the high school’s prayer room is. . .apparently excluding students of other faiths.”
According to school district officials: “This ‘press release’ appears to be a publicity stunt by the OAG to politicize a nonissue. . .Frisco ISD is greatly concerned that this type of inflammatory rhetoric in the current climate may place the District, its students, staff, parents and community in danger of unnecessary disruption.” School officials say they had not been contacted by the attorney general’s office prior to the criticism of the Muslim students’ use of the spare classroom.
In the past, Paxton – who once sued a middle school principal to keep a Bible quote on a door - has criticized what he calls anti-Christian discrimination in state schools.