CAIR Applauds Baltimore County Executive's Action Supporting Immigrant Communities

CAIR logo(BALTIMORE, MD, 4/5/17) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz for issuing an executive order that affirms the county's commitment to immigrants, diversity, public safety, and ethical policing standards. 

SEE: Kamenetz issues executive order on immigration, diversity, equity policing standards

The order, which went into effect immediately, prohibits county police from unlawfully profiling county residents' immigration status, and the unlawful detention of any individual past their release date without a "judicial order of detainer."

At a Wednesday morning press conference and signing of the order, County Executive Kamenetz noted:

"[President Trump's] directives are causing fear and panic among otherwise law-abiding residents. I am particularly concerned about the impact on children, and the chilling effect that is impacting productive police-community relations. Children are afraid to go to school, women are afraid to report domestic abuse, and families are afraid to seek medical care in a hospital out of the fear of deportation. We won’t let that happen in Baltimore County. Today’s executive order will make that crystal clear."

He criticized U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' pledge to withhold federal funds from state and local governments that don't comply with President Trump's executive orders, citing the Tenth Amendment which he said "prohibits the federal government from withholding funds to coerce counties to conform to federal policies unrelated to the appropriation."

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CAIR Calls on Trump to Demand Religious Freedom for Christians, Uighur Muslims at Meeting with Chinese President

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/5/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on President Trump to demand an end to the denial of religious freedom for Chinese Christians and Uighur Muslims during his meeting on Thursday with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"When President Trump meets with President Xi Jinping, he must publicly call for an end to the escalating oppression of Uighur Muslims, Christians and other people of faith," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "Discussing trade and currency manipulation is not sufficient. International norms of religious freedom are just as important as economic issues."

Earlier this month, China announced a counterproductive policy that would ban Uighur Muslims from growing beards and wearing religious attire in a purported effort to "counter extremism." Last year, China banned civil servants, teachers and students from fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. China has also targeted Christians, forcibly installing security cameras inside Chinese churches over the past week.

SEE: China Bans Veils and ‘Abnormal’ Beards in Western Province of Xinjiang

Christians in China Hospitalized After Resisting State Surveillance

Ramadan 2016: China Bans Civil Servants and Students From Fasting in Mainly Muslim Region

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CAIR-San Diego Welcomes School District’s Initiative to Combat Islamophobia, Bullying of Muslim Students

chapter logos california(SAN DIEGO, CA, 4/5/17) - The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR-San Diego) today welcomed the San Diego Unified School District’s (SDUSD)  new initiative to combat Islamophobia and the bullying of Muslim students.

Some 150 members of San Diego’s Muslim community were present yesterday as the SDUSD passed the initiative.

SEE: Positive School Environment, Climate and Culture with Equity at the Core, and Support for the Whole Child

This plan, developed in collaboration with CAIR-San Diego and in alignment with the Safe Place to Learn Act (AB 2845), was brought forward for formal board adoption and passed. It will focus on the district's plan to address Islamophobia and discrimination against Muslim students and their families, as directed by the SDUSD Board in July, 2016.

SEE: CAIR and Coalition Partners Welcome Passing of AB-2845 in CA State Legislature

School Board Calls for Plan to Protect Muslim Students From Bullying

San Diego Unified School District Board Will Address Islamophobia and Bullying of Muslim Students

"We believe this is a great first step in the direction of protecting Muslim students from the bullying that is a direct result of the growing Islamophobia in our state and nation,” said CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi.  “Other school districts should follow this lead, and we will be happy to work with them to provide resources and trainings.”

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CAIR-CA Welcomes Passage of Anti-Muslim Registry Bill, Immigrant’s Rights Bill by State Senate

chapter logos california(SACRAMENTO, CA, 4/4/17) -- The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR-CA), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the passage of the California Religious Freedom Act (SB 31) and the California Values Act (SB 54) by the state Senate.

SB 31, sometimes referred to as the “Anti-Muslim Registry Bill,” prohibits a state or local agency from participating in a federal program to create a database based on a person’s religious beliefs, national origin, or ethnicity for law enforcement or immigration purposes. It also prevents state and local law enforcement agencies from collecting information on the religious beliefs, practices, or affiliations of an individual except under certain circumstances.

SB 54, the California Values Act, keeps local and state resources from being used in deportations that separate families. The Values Act would also ensure that public schools, hospitals, libraries, and courts remain safe and accessible to all community members.

In a statement, CAIR-CA said:

“We welcome the passage of these bills and the protections they offer from discriminatory policies and practices unfairly targeting the Muslim and other minority communities. With the passage of these bills, California now sets the national standard for the protection of immigrant and civil rights.”

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-CA Legislative & Government Affairs Coordinator, Yannina Casillas, 951-259-5105, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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