CAIR-CA Welcomes the Proposed Pro-Immigrant Legislation Presented by Top California Legislators

CAIR logo(SACRAMENTO, CA, 12/8/16) - The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR-CA), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, issued a statement welcoming the proposed pro-immigrant legislation presented by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Senator Ben Hueso, Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon, and Assemblymember Rob Bonta.

In a statement, CAIR-CA said:

“The immigration policies offered by President-elect Donald Trump threaten the livelihood of vulnerable communities here in California. The measures introduced today would limit local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration policies, provide undocumented immigrants in immigration proceedings free legal assistance, and offer more assistance in criminal court. The California Muslim community sees the proposed measures as concrete steps necessary to ensure that the rights of undocumented immigrants and vulnerable immigrant communities are protected.”

CAIR-CA advocates for a breadth of civil rights issues, which include protections for immigrants.

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. - END –

 

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.

CAIR-CA Applauds Senator Ricardo Lara's "Fight for California" Legislative Package

CAIR logo(SACRAMENTO, CA, 12/8/16) -  The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR-CA), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today issued a statement applauding Senator Ricardo Lara’s "Fight for California" Legislative Package.

In a statement, CAIR-CA said:

“Senator Lara has a long record of advocating and protecting the rights of immigrants and all communities in California. Since 9/11 Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities have been subjected to unconstitutional surveillance and invasion of privacy. The potential Presidential Cabinet of President-elect Donald Trump reflects a continuation of discriminatory Government policies targeting immigrant communities from Muslim majority countries. Senator Lara’s “Fight for California” Legislative Package is a direct challenge to longstanding prejudicial policies and practices unfairly targeting the Muslim community. We call on California to pass the “Fight for California” Legislative Package. We hope with these measures California will set the standard for civil rights in the Nation.”

Senator Lara released the following statements:

“’Californians voted overwhelmingly to uphold our values of inclusion and diversity," said Senator Lara. “We’re not going to allow a wall that harms our environment and our economy.  We’re not going to allow personal data on individual Californians' religious beliefs to be used to compile an unconstitutional database.  And we’re not going to allow local governments and private companies to profit by detaining immigrants in private facilities that fail to meet basic health and safety standards.  We’re going to fight for California and for our values of democracy, freedom, and basic human decency.”

The “Fight for California” Legislative Package includes the following three bills:

 

  • Defend Against Unconstitutional Muslim Database: Prohibits any state agency or department from providing information to the federal government on an individual’s religious affiliation if it is to be used for the purposes of compiling a database of individuals based solely on religious affiliation.  The bill would not impact the sharing of information from law enforcement for purposes of national security.
  • End Local Contracting with For-Profit Immigration Detention Centers: Prohibits local governments from contracting with private, for-profit companies to detain immigrants for profit and will require detention facilities to meet Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) minimum health and safety standards.
  • Voter Approval for a Border Wall: Requires a vote of the people to approve a border wall project that would harm California’s environment, such as endangered species of wildlife and river watersheds, or California’s economy, through trade and tourism.’”

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CAIR Welcomes President Obama’s Remarks Against Stigmatizing American Muslims, Imposing Religious Tests

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/7/16) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed remarks yesterday by President Obama during his final national security speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., warning against stigmatizing “good, patriotic” American Muslims or imposing “religious tests as a price for freedom.”

SEE Video: President Obama Warns Against Stigmatizing American Muslims

SEE: White House Transcript on Remarks by the President on the Administration's Approach to Counterterrorism

While the president did not mention President-elect Donald Trump by name, it was widely viewed by many as a message to the next president and a rebuke of Trump’s many anti-Muslim policy proposals and his Islamophobic rhetoric.

“President Obama’s message to President-elect Donald Trump and his administration was clear – stigmatizing American Muslims and imposing arbitrary religious tests will not make our nation more secure and would contradict our democratic values and principles,” said CAIR National Government Affairs Department Director Robert S. McCaw.

 

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CAIR Director Joins 300+ American Muslim Leaders in Joint Letter to Donald Trump

CAIR logoLetter shares concerns about rhetoric and appointments, urges rejection of divisive politics

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/6/16) – Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined more than 300 other American Muslim leaders in issuing a joint letter to President-elect Donald Trump calling on him to reconsider troubling policies proposed during his campaign, as well as recent announcements regarding appointments to his upcoming administration.

SEE: American Muslim Leaders to Trump: ‘Reconsider and Reject’ Your Bigoted Cabinet Nominees

Nearly 300 Muslim Leaders Pen Letter to Trump Calling On Him to Protect Muslims Amid Violence 

The letter is the first public communication to the new administration from American Muslim leaders who work actively every day to serve and enrich their communities and their country. The letter had been made publicly available at the website MuslimLetterToTrump.com.

With more than 300 Muslim community leaders from around the country already having signed the letter, more are expected to join the initiative in coming days. The letter includes American Muslims at the forefront of community service, education and empowerment in diverse settings such as the academy, mosques, advocacy, and civic and interfaith engagement.

Prominent signatories include CAIR’s Awad, Khizr Khan (the Gold Star father who spoke passionately in defense of the Constitution at the Democratic National Convention), Dalia Mogahed (Author of "Who Speaks for Islam?") and Imam Suhaib Webb (CenterDC).

The letter states in part:

“Like other Americans, we love our country and are committed to preserving religious freedom, equal opportunity and equal protection under the law for all. As our President-Elect, one of your duties is to ensure our collective safety and security. This includes protecting the First Amendment rights of all Americans to freely practice their faith, without fear, intimidation or reprisal. . .

“Your recent denunciation of such behavior on 60 Minutes was a positive first step, and we urge you to clearly and strongly condemn bigotry, hate crimes and bias-based school bullying directed at any American, including American Muslims. We call on you to make mutual respect and acceptance a hallmark of your presidency. . .

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