(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/9/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, tonight welcomed a federal appeals court’s decision to maintain the freeze on President Trump’s controversial “Muslim ban” executive order, which barred entry into the United States by refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today upheld a lower court’s ruling putting Trump’s travel ban on hold.
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“We applaud this ruling as a reaffirmation of the strength and independence of our system of justice. This decision adds to the long list of federal judges - both Republican and Democratic appointees - who found reason to block this discriminatory order.
“While this decision is critical, it is not the end of the legal process. Other courts across the country will be passing judgment on this order, and the U.S. Supreme Court will likely weigh in at some point.
“This victory should not lead to complacency. This and other Trump administration orders and policies still pose a threat to communities of color, religious minorities, women, and others.”
Awad noted that CAIR has filed its own federal lawsuit on behalf of more than 20 named and “john doe” individuals challenging the constitutionality of the “Muslim ban” executive order.
(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 2/9/17) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today asked anyone with information about a recent hate incident targeting Muslim students on the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor campus to contact law enforcement authorities.
Earlier this week, students discovered that someone urinated on a prayer rug Muslims use in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library reflection room. The university has several reflection rooms used by community members of all faiths for prayer or reflection.
The incident has been reported to the University of Michigan Campus Division of Public Safety and Security. The FBI is also currently probing the incident.
"Students on our university campuses should feel safe to express their faiths without fear of intimidation or harassment,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “We encourage anyone who has knowledge of this incident to immediately contact law enforcement authorities.”
Walid also noted that anti-Semitic and anti-African-American emails speaking of ethnic extermination and “Heil Trump!” have been recently sent to students on campus.
(Washington. D.C., 2/7/17) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations, America's largest Muslim civil liberties organization, today welcomed news that Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh added his support to a lawsuit challenging Donald Trump's controversial ban on travel from seven Muslim majority countries.
Frosh joined fifteen other states' attorneys general - including Pennsylvania and Virginia - to file an amicus brief for consideration in the case, which is pending before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and has led to a temporary halt of the travel ban impacting travel for nationals of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Libya.
In a statement Attorney General Frosh, noted:
"The executive order has already generated confusion, disappointment, and fear. It is not only a policy that is unwise and dangerous, but it is a policy that is inhumane, inappropriate and un-American."
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to hear challenges to the ban today.
"Families of all immigration statuses have been impacted on a deeply personal level by this problematic executive order," said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, whose organization has filed its own lawsuit challenging its constitutionality. "Attorney General Frosh's decision to support the lawsuit against it by adding his name to the brief signals to his constituents that he will not remain silent while our communities live in anxiety and fear."