CAIR Seeks White House Clarification on DHS Proposal to Use National Guard for Immigration Roundups

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/17/17) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the Trump administration to clarify the origins and current status of a draft U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposal to mobilize National Guard troops to round up millions of undocumented immigrants.

According to The Associated Press (AP), a document that bears the name of DHS Secretary John Kelly and was addressed to the heads of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), calls for the militarization of immigration enforcement in 11 states. A White House spokesperson said the report was "not a White House document." A DHS official described the proposal as an early draft. AP reported that it sought comment from the White House on Thursday and from DHS on Friday, but had not received a response from either.

AP: DHS Weighed Nat Guard for Immigration Roundups

In a statement, CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw said:

“The proposed use of our nation’s military personnel in such a manner is eerily reminiscent of the dark days of World War II when Japanese Americans faced similar treatment.

“If this proposal is ever implemented, we urge state governors to use their executive authority and discretion to withhold deployment of National Guard units to round up undocumented immigrants, and to instead provide sanctuary to those targeted by federal actions.

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CAIR Welcomes Guilty Verdict for Tenn. Man Who Planned Attack on NY Muslims

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/16/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a guilty verdict in the trial of a Tennessee man who planned to attack a Muslim community in upstate New York.

Robert Doggart, 65, was found guilty of all charges, including solicitation to commit a civil rights violation, solicitation to commit arson of a building and making a threat in interstate commerce, for the planned attack on a Muslim community in Hancock, N.Y., called Islamberg.

SEE: Tennessee Man Convicted of Planning to Attack NY Mosque

“We welcome this verdict and hope it will serve as a deterrent to anyone who may contemplate acts of violence targeting American Muslims or any other minority group,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Hooper said CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and other minorities since the election of President Donald Trump.

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CAIR-Chicago to React to Bomb Threat Targeting Des Plaines Mosque

CAIR logoUnknown Trespasser Threatens Friday Bomb 

(CHICAGO, IL 2/16/17) - TODAY, Thursday, February 16, the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) will hold a press conference at the Islamic Community Center of Des Plaines (ICC Des Plaines) to discuss a bomb threat that was made by a trespasser yesterday against that Muslim congregation.

Video footage taken by the security camera and photographs taken by bystanders show a white, middle-aged man carrying a backpack trespassing into ICC Des Plaines. It is reported he told one of the Muslim bystanders that "everything here will be blown up by Friday," the day of weekly congregation prayers. 

SEE: Photos of suspect: photo 1photo 2photo 3

WATCH: Security cam footage of suspect

CAIR-Chicago will be joined at the press conference by leadership from the Islamic Community Center of Des Plaines to discuss the threats.

WHO: CAIR-Chicago and ICC Des Plaines 

WHAT: Press Conference on bomb threat at ICC Des Plaines

WHEN: TODAY, Thursday, February 16th, 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: ICC Des Plaines, 480 Potter Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60016

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CAIR Condemns 'Trump' Vandalism in Maryland County

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/16/17) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned several cases of vandalism reported in Howard County, Md., at least two of which involved the word “Trump” being spray-painted on vehicles. 

One of the families whose vehicle was vandalized identifies as Hispanic, and family members are concerned that they were targeted because of their national origin, even though they are legal residents.

SEE: Vandalism cases reported in Howard County, 'Trump' spray painted on vehicles

CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups since the election of President Donald Trump.

"This is one more disturbing example of the impact that the current administration's decisions and policies are having on ordinary Americans," said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry. "We encourage law enforcement authorities to conduct a swift and thorough investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice."

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html

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