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CAIR Good News Alert: U.S. House Votes Against Stigmatizing 'Strategic Assessments' of Islamic Doctrine

CAIR National logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/14/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today hailed the bi-partisan defeat of Congressman Trent Franks' (R-AZ) Amendment Number 13 to H.R. 2810, the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

In a narrow vote of 208 “Yes” to 217 “No,” 27 Republicans and 190 Democrats voted against the amendment with no Democrats voting in support. The NDAA is an annual defense authorization act that provides valuable funding for the armed forces. 

SEE: Final Vote Results For Rep. Franks’ Amendment Number 13 

Franks’ amendment would require the Department of Defense to conduct two strategic assessments, one to be conducted by government employees and the other by non-governmental “experts” on the “use of violent or unorthodox Islam to support extremist or terrorist messaging.”

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CAIR Welcomes Hawaii Muslim Ban ‘Grandma’ Ruling

CAIR National logo(WASHINGTON, DC, 7/14/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed a Hawaii district judge’s ruling that grandparents, uncles, aunts and other relatives count as “bona fide” relations for purposes of entry into the United States.

In its attempt to enforce its Muslim ban executive orders, the Trump administration’s definition of what constitutes a close family relationship had excluded such relatives. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson said the administration’s narrow definition of family “represents the antithesis of common sense.”

SEE: Grandparents Win Reprieve From Trump Travel Ban in Federal Court

“Although we applaud this ruling, we must remain vigilant. The general Muslim Ban remains in place, as does the Trump administration’s clear animus toward the Islamic faith,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “We are glad to see that this court has injected some basic reason into our discussion of family.”

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Good News Alert: CAIR-AZ Wins Asylum Case for Palestinian Refugee Once Held in ICE Detention for Almost 500 Days

screenshot www.phoenixnewtimes.com 2017 07 14 10 48 44(MESA, ARIZONA, 7/14/2017) -- The Arizona Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) today applauded a judge’s decision to grant asylum to a Palestinian refugee who was once held in detention by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Florence, Ariz., for almost 500 days. 

Mounis Hammouda, who along with Hisham Ghalia made a 7,000-mile journey spanning multiple countries were both detained at the border by U.S. authorities. After learning of the their plight, CAIR-AZ, along with Palestinian-American attorney Zayed El-Sayyed, filed a petition for habeas corpus for both men -- which were granted. Both men were freed from ICE detention and obtained work authorization in the U.S.

Hammouda, 31, was granted asylum on Wednesday.

SEE: Palestinian Refugee's Odyssey Ends With Asylum in Arizona

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CAIR Action Alert: Tell Congress to ‘VOTE NO’ on Rep. Franks' Anti-Islam NDAA Amendment

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/13/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization is calling on Americans of all faiths and backgrounds to urge their elected representatives in Congress to "VOTE NO" on Rep. Trent Franks' (R-AZ) Amendment Number 068 to H.R. 2810, the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

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[NOTE: The NDAA is an annual defense authorization act that provides valuable funding for the armed forces. Amendment No. 068 is scheduled as the 17th item during today's debate, with Congress starting debate at 2 p.m. Votes on amendments can start as early as tomorrow if one is called.]

Franks’ amendment would require the Department of Defense to conduct two strategic assessments, one to be conducted by government employees and the other by non-governmental “experts” on the “use of violent or unorthodox Islam to support extremist or terrorist messaging.”

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