(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/19/15) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned both leading Republican presidential candidates for “Islamophobic and unconstitutional” comments targeting American Muslims and Syrian refugees.
CAIR condemned Donald Trump for refusing to rule out special IDs and a surveillance database for American Muslims and the civil rights group similarly condemned Ben Carson for comparing Syrian refugees to “rabid dogs.”
Yahoo News asked Trump whether increased surveillance of American Muslims could include warrantless searches. “We’re going to have to do things that we never did before. And some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule,” Trump said. “And certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy. And so we’re going to have to do certain things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago.”
When asked whether tracking American Muslims might require registering them in a database or giving them a form of “special identification that noted their religion,” he refused to rule it out.
(WASHINGTON, DC, 11/19/15) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today thanked Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for welcoming Syrian refugees to the city.
In a statement, Mayor Rawlings-Blake said:
"Baltimore, Maryland and the United States have proud traditions of welcoming refugees seeking assistance from crises around the world. There are few among us who can claim that their ancestors were indigenous to the United States. Welcoming immigrants and New Americans is a critical part of my strategy to grow Baltimore, and I hope that refugees from Syria will look to our city as a potential place to call home."
"Mayor Rawlings-Blake's commitment to refugee resettlement efforts regardless of race and ethnicity is a refreshing sign that not all lawmakers are vulnerable to the fear-mongering and bigotry fueling this debate," said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry. "We must place trust in our government's vetting process and remember our moral obligation and shared humanity. There has been no clear indication that these refugees pose a viable threat to Americans' safety and security. This rhetoric is based purely on fear and speculation."
(ST. LOUIS, MO., 11/19/2015) – On November 22, the Bring Them Here Campaign, STL4Syria and the St. Louis chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-STL) will hold a rally and vigil to show support and welcome Syrian Refugees coming to America.
WHAT: Refugees are Welcome Here Rally/Vigil
WHEN: Sunday November 22, 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Delmar Loop
6691 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis MO, 63130
(DALLAS/FORT WORTH, TX, 11/19/2015) – Later today, the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) will hold a prayer vigil with Interfaith Partners of DFW to stand with the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris and terrorism where ever it has occurred.
WHAT: Interfaith Prayer Service in Response to Paris Attacks ( #TerrorismHasNoReligion)
WHEN: Thursday November 19, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Dealey Plaza (400 Main St. Dallas Texas 75201)
“We must not divide in times like this. That’s exactly what these terrorists want; for neighbors and countries to turn against each other. Instead, people of all of faiths and walks of life must come together and support and protect one another,” said Omair Siddiqi, outreach coordinator of CAIR-DFW. “We are inviting the community to come together not only to pray for the victims in Paris, but to stand with all victims of terror everywhere."