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CAIR-Sacramento, Japanese-Americans to React to Va. Mayor’s Invocation of World War II Internment in Syrian Refugee Controversy

websitelogo(SACRAMENTO, CA, 11/18/15) – On Thursday, November 19, the Florin Japanese American Citizen's League and the Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV), along with several other interfaith and civil rights organizations in Sacramento, will hold a press conference in response to recent anti-refugee statements, including a Virginia mayor’s favorable reference to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

WHAT: Press Conference to Respond to Anti-Refugee Sentiments, Va. Mayor’s Internment Remark

WHEN: Thursday, November 19, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Buddhist Church of Florin, 7235 Pritchard Road, Sacramento (Off of Florin Road between Power Inn Road and the railroad tracks.)

CONTACT: Andy Noguchi, Florin JACL Co-President (916) 591-4236; CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra, 916 289-3748,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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CAIR-NY Applauds Mayor de Blasio’s Statement on Welcoming Refugees

websitelogo(NEW YORK, N.Y., 11/18/15) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today applauded Mayor de Blasio’s statement on welcoming refugees.

SEE: Statements From Mayor Bill de Blasio

CAIR-NY, along with partner organizations, sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio thanking him for his stance.

SEE: Letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio

CAIR-NY Director of Operations Sadyia Khalique said in a statement:

“With some elected officials rejecting refugees, it is commendable that our mayor stands firm on American values. New York City is a historical center for immigration. The refugee crisis is a humanitarian issue not a religious issue.”

SEE:Washington State Governor Says He Welcomes Syrian Refugees

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Action Alert: Tell Your Governor, Congressional Delegation to Welcome Syrian Refugees

CAIR logoLink to Alert: http://cqrcengage.com/cair/app/write-a-letter?2&engagementId=146793

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/18/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling on all Americans to contact their elected representatives to urge them to reject the growing trend of state governors and members of Congress expressing opposition to the entry of Syrian refugees.

Currently, 30 governors have made public statements or declarations in opposition to their state’s acceptance of Syrian refugees. Republicans in Congress are also expected to introduce a bill that would require additional certification requirements for Syrian and Iraqi refugees that would in effect halt resettlement programs.      

However, it is currently being reported by European Union officials that last Friday’s attacks in Paris was actually conducted by European nationals and not by Daesh (ISIS) terrorists who hid among Syrian refugees.

SEE: More Governors Oppose U.S. Resettlement Of Syrian Refugees

SEE:Congress Aims to Block Obama's Syrian Refugee Plan

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CAIR Demands Apology From Spirit Airlines to Passengers Removed From Flight

websitelogo(Washington, DC, 11/18/15) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its Chicago chapter today are calling on Spirit Airlines to issue a public apology to four passengers who were removed from a Chicago-bound flight at the Baltimore Washington International Airport in Baltimore, Md. Tuesday morning. 

SEE: Four Passengers Removed From Flight at BWI That Was Headed to Chicago

Spirit Airlines Flight 969 was preparing for takeoff from Baltimore when a passenger alerted a flight attendant of "suspicious activity" on board the plane. The "suspicious activity" she referred to apparently was a man who appeared to be of Middle-Eastern  descent watching a news clip on his mobile phone. 

The four passengers were asked to exit the plane at the flight captain's request before the flight resumed to Chicago. None of them were charged with any crime. Alert levels have been heightened after last Friday's Paris terror attacks for which the terrorist group ISIS has claimed responsibility. 

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