CAIR Files Complaints with CBP, DHS and DOJ Over Questioning of American Muslims About Religious and Political Views

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/18/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today announced the filing of complaints with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over reports of systematic questioning of American-Muslim citizens by CBP about their religious and political views.

The complaints were filed in coordination with CAIR’s national office and its chapters in Florida, California and New York. The complaints outline increased scrutiny of American Muslims’ social media accounts and the contents of mobile phones, along with interrogations about constitutionally-protected beliefs.

Questions asked of American Muslims by the CPB reportedly included:

  • Are you a devout Muslim?
  • Are you Sunni or Shia?
  • What school of thought do you follow?
  • Which Muslim scholars do you follow?
  • What current Muslim scholars do you listen to?
  • Do you pray five times a day?
  • Why do you have a prayer mat in your luggage?
  • Why do you have a Quran in your luggage?
  • What mosque do you attend?
  • Have you ever delivered the Friday Prayer? What did you discuss with your community?

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CAIR Welcomes New DOT Guidance Docs on Preventing Airline Discrimination

Airline 2 1(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/18/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed new U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) guidance documents on how to prevent discrimination in air travel issued to airline personnel.

SEE: DOT Issues Guidance Documents to Prevent Airline Discrimination

In its announcement, the DOT released the following two documents:

The Guidance for Airline Personnel on Nondiscrimination in Air Travel

The Passengers’ Right to Fly Free from Discrimination

The “Guidance for Airline Personnel on Nondiscrimination in Air Travel,” stresses the legal obligation to operate without discriminating in air travel based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or ancestry. The second document, “Passengers’ Right to Fly Free from Discrimination,” helps passengers understand their rights when flying on commercial airlines.

In the new documents, airline personnel are offered a number of “Illustrative Scenarios,” including ones in which a passenger is observed holding a book written in Arabic, a “bearded male passenger with a tan complexion boards the aircraft” and others in which passengers wear a Sikh turban or an Islamic head scarf (hijab).

“Following our recent efforts calling on the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue clear policy guidelines for the airline industry, we welcome this development as a positive step toward eliminating discrimination against passengers based on their actual or perceived religious or ethnic background,” said CAIR National Staff Attorney Maha Sayed. 

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Action Alert: CAIR Urges American Muslims to Join in Historic DC March for Justice and Equality on Saturday

Womens Rights foe social mediaMuslims participating in Women’s March on Washington asked to pick up signs at CAIR’s Capitol Hill HQ

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/18/17) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today asked Muslim participants in the January 21st Women’s March on Washington to pick up signs for the event at its Capitol Hill headquarters, which is near the march’s kick-off location. 

[NOTE: CAIR is a partner organization for the march and a representative of the civil rights organization is scheduled to speak at the event.]

Signs that will be offered to march participants include “Women’s Rights are Human Rights, “Muslims Support Justice and Equality for All” and “Say No to a ‘Muslim Registry.” They will be available for pick up beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, at CAIR’s office, 453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C.

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CAIR Action Alert: Save the Dates (May 1-2) for the 3rd Annual National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/17/2017) -- Beginning Monday, May 1, American Muslim delegates from across the nation will take part in the 3rd National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

The lobbying effort is sponsored by the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local American Muslim organizations. Muslim delegates are expected to meet with at least third of the House of Representatives and almost half of the Senate.

National Muslim Advocacy Day delegates will promote a legislative agenda in support of equality and social justice, and will outline the domestic priorities of the American Muslim community.

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