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CAIR Welcomes Judge’s Decision to Temporarily Resume DACA Program Protecting Dreamers

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/10/2018) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed a federal judge’s nationwide injunction to temporarily block President Trump’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that safeguards from deportation some 800,000 undocumented young people, known as “dreamers,” brought to the United States as children.

SEE: Washington Post: DACA injunction: What a federal judge’s ruling means for ‘dreamers’

CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, applauded U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup for the Northern District of California, who ordered the Trump administration to “maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis” as the University of California’s legal challenge to the White House’s decision to terminate the program proceeds.

In September, CAIR condemned President Trump’s termination of the Obama-era federal administrative deportation relief program as “pandering to the demands of anti-immigrant extremists.”

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

The American Muslim community and CAIR welcome this ruling and stand with the 800,000 undocumented young people who were brought to our nation as children.

“As with the Muslim Ban, President Trump’s termination of DACA was driven by the demands of anti-immigrant extremists.

“Dreamers are some of the most dynamic and success-oriented members of our society, and terminating the program has only created fear and anxiety for them and their loved ones. Ending DACA will force many of them back to living in the shadows, rendering them unable to contribute to our nation’s social fabric and economy.

“American Muslims will continue to push for measures that protect undocumented youth and support comprehensive immigration reform -- reform that includes a roadmap to citizenship for the nation's 11 million undocumented residents.”

CAIR is calling on all Americans to urge their members of Congress to support the Dream Act of 2017, and other legislation that will reinstate the DACA program.

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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 Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

CAIR Welcomes Tennessee University’s Decision to Drop Anti-Muslim ‘Summit’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/10/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed a decision by a Tennessee university to drop an Islamophobic “homeland security summit” featuring John Guandolo, an infamous anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist who claims a former CIA director was a “secret Muslim” and that Muslim hotel managers, cabbies and 7-11 workers seek to take over America.

CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, says Trevecca Nazarene University will no longer host the January 25 anti-Muslim event organized by Republican gubernatorial candidate Mae Beavers. The event would have featured three Islamophobic speakers, including Guandolo.

SEE: Trevecca Nazarene University Blocks Mae Beavers Event Called Anti-Islam

“We welcome the decision by Trevecca Nazarene University to disassociate itself from this hate event featuring bigoted Islamophobic conspiracy theorists posing as national security experts,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “We thank Tennessee’s American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) for its vital work on this issue.”

"By working with our allies here on the ground in Nashville, AMAC was able to prevent the anti-Muslim haters from having their event at a respected university like Trevecca. Nashville has become a welcoming city for all people and will continue to be so,” said AMAC Program Manager Sabina Mohyuddin.

Earlier this week, CAIR similarly welcomed a decision by Virginia’s Amherst County Sheriff's Office to drop an event featuring Islamophobic conspiracy theorist Chris Gaubatz. Gaubatz is an employee of Guandolo’s anti-Muslim hate group Understanding the Threat.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Virginia Sheriff’s Decision to Drop Anti-Muslim Event

Audio/Video: Islamophobes John Guandolo, Chris Gaubatz Smear Mosques, Say BLM is Funded by 'Enemies' of U.S.

The FBI is currently investigating an image tweeted by Guandolo’s hate group that purported to show the bombing of “CAIR HQ” in Washington, D.C. Guandolo, who has previously tweeted that “CAIR needs to be obliterated,” re-tweeted the bombing image on his personal account. Earlier this month, Guandolo tweeted that “Islam is evil & barbaric.”

SEE: CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Tweet by Anti-Muslim Group Showing Bombing of 'CAIR HQ'

Minnesota’s Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek has accused Guandolo of assaulting him during a national law enforcement conference earlier this year in Reno, Nev.

SEE: Video Shows Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist John Guandolo’s Alleged Assault on Minnesota Sheriff

Exclusive - Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist Guandolo Assaults Minn. Sheriff at NSA Conference, Per Court Documents

John Guandolo Ordered to Stay Away from Sheriff Stanek (Star Tribune)

Anti-Muslim Speaker Now Accused of Assaulting a Sheriff

Among his many bizarre and Islamophobic claims, Guandolo has falsely claimed that:

  • U.S. mosques are planning armed attacks on law enforcement authorities and churches,
  • the Black Lives Matter movement is funded by “enemies of the United States,”
  • when a Delaware Imam (Islamic religious leader) touched his nose during the pledge of allegiance before a legislative session it was part of “civilizational jihad,”
  • former CIA Director John Brennan was a secret Muslim,
  • Muslims are “obligated” to lie,
  • Muslim hotel managers, cabbies and 7-11 workers seek to take over America,
  • it is “unprofessional” for officials to seek information about Islam from Islamic religious leaders (imams).

CAIR has in the past said Guandolo is putting local Muslim communities at risk by making the false claim that, “Mosques/Islamic Centers are organizing for armed confrontation with law enforcement, shoring up physical defenses where they see likely confrontation and increasing their pre-attack surveillances of churches and other targets.”

John Guandolo: Indict Journalists - Muslim Hotel Managers, Cabbies, 7-11 Workers Seek U.S. Takeover

Audio: Islamophobe John Guandolo Claims Mosques, MSA Chapters Seek 'Overthrow' of U.S. Government

Video: John Guandolo Claims Muslims are 'Obligated' to Lie, Talking to Imams is 'Unprofessional'

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: John Guandolo

Video: Islamophobe John Guandolo Claims CIA Director John Brennan is a Secret Muslim

Guandolo: Delaware Imam Touching His Nose is Part of Civilizational Jihad

Backgrounder on Islamophobe John Guandolo:

CAIR’s profile of Guandolo documents his belief that America “is at war with Islam” and that major Muslim organizations and mosques are “preparing for combat.” Guandolo also claims there is inaction on the part of the U.S. government to counter this threat because people inside the Trump White House “have been co-opted by the bad guys.” 

Earlier this year, Guandolo excused a terror attack on a London mosque because “people who are still sane” are “having to make very difficult decisions.”

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Understanding the Threat

In 2016, a Texas college canceled a similar event. The college’s decision came following a request by CAIR’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter.

SEE: Texas College Cancels Controversial Law Enforcement Training Event Led by 'Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist'

Ex-FBI Agent John Guandolo to Host Anti-Muslim Training at Texas College

CAIR-Dallas Asks College to Cancel Law Enforcement ‘Training’ by Islamophobe John Guandolo

In 2015, CAIR welcomed the withdrawal of an FBI representative from an event in Texas that was initially sponsored by the anti-Muslim hate group ACT! for America and featured Guandolo.

SEE: FBI Withdraws from Texas Event Initially Sponsored by Hate Group and Featuring Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist

Virginia’s Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy rescinded its approval of in-service training credits for state law enforcement scheduled to attend a training Guandolo was conducting in Culpeper, Va., after being made aware of his anti-Islam rhetoric.

SEE: Virginia Agency Pulls Accreditation for Anti-Muslim Training   

A sheriff in Kansas decided not to partner with a citizens group sponsoring a Guandolo training after being informed of his conspiracy theories. When a journalist at Kansas’ Wichita Eagle covered the controversy, Guandolo accused the reporter of material support of terrorism.

SEE: Kansas Sheriff Won't Partner on Training by John Guandolo

A number of Arizona police departments decided not to send officers to one of Guandolo’s trainings.

CAIR: Arizona Police Departments Drop Out of Islamophobic Training

Guandolo left the FBI shortly after reports surfaced that he had allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with a key witness in a corruption trial targeting a member of Congress. In addition, he is documented as having falsified his credentials and work experience.

Major General Tony Cucolo, Commandant of the US Army War College, informed CAIR in an email: “Mr. Guandolo's claim (in print) that he teaches at the Army War College and any other references (e.g., online) identifying him as an adjunct instructor here are simply untrue.”

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: https://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html

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 Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

CAIR-NJ Commends Governor-Elect Phil Murphy for Nominating Muslim Department of Health Commissioner

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 1/10/2017) -- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today commended Governor-elect Phil Murphy for nominating Veterans Affairs Department official Dr. Shereef Elnaha, a Muslim American, for the position of Department of Health Commissioner.

If confirmed, Dr. Elnaha would be New Jersey’s first Muslim cabinet official. 

NJ: Murphy Nominates Muslim-American For Health Commissioner http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2018/01/10/murphy-nominates-health-commissioner/

“We are encouraged to see that Governor-elect Murphy is embracing the diversity of New Jersey by reflecting that diversity in his cabinet,” said James Sues, executive director of CAIR-NJ. “His nomination of Dr. Shereef Elnaha as the state’s first Muslim cabinet official is representative of the governor-elect’s efforts to give all state residents a voice in his government, and he should surely be applauded for that.”

The governor-elect announced his nomination for Department of Health Commissioner in a press release this morning.

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-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-Georgia Thanks Atlanta's City Jail for Allowing Inmates to Cover Their Hair for Religious Reasons

screenshot cair.com 2018 01 10 11 41 37 882(ATLANTA, GA, 1/10/18) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today thanked the City of Atlanta Detention Center for agreeing to permit inmates who cover their hair for religious reasons -- including Muslim women -- to do so while detained.

"We thank the City of Atlanta for agreeing to a policy that protects religious freedom, as well as the jail's security," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-Georgia. "We also commend our former outreach director, Asma Elhuni, who sparked the effort to update jail policy when she bravely defended her constitutional rights."

Last year, Atlanta Police Department officers arrested Elhuni and other protesters during a demonstration outside the Atlanta headquarters of Immigrations & Customs Enforcement (ICE). When jail staff instructed Elhuni to remove her hijab, she initially refused to do so, citing her sincerely held religious beliefs, before eventually relenting.

On behalf of CAIR-Georgia, Mitchell and Elhuni later met with City of Atlanta Detention Center Chief Patrick Labat and other jail staff to seek a policy that would allow inmates to wear hijab.

Jail officials expressed concern that inmates could use the scarves to harm themselves, or that other inmates could use the scarves to harm inmates who wear them.

As a compromise, CAIR-Georgia identified alternative scarves that cannot easily be used for any purpose aside from covering a person's hair. The jail has approved one of those scarves, which CAIR-Georgia is providing to the jail in-bulk free-of-charge. 

"Although it is exceedingly rare for such women to go to jail at all, it is increasingly common for people of faith -- including Catholic nuns, Muslim women, Sikhs, and others -- to deliberately risk arrest as part of a civil rights protest," said Mitchell. "Everyone who covers their hair for religious reasons can benefit from this change, which brings the Atlanta jail up to speed with policies in other jails across the country.”

During the 2017 Atlanta mayoral campaign, most candidates -- including Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms -- pledged, in writing, to permit people of faith to cover their hair while detained in the jail.

The only other outstanding issue is whether female inmates can take their booking photographs outside the presence of male staff or male inmates. 

CAIR-Georgia is asking the jail to give Muslim women, and other inmates who cover their hair for religious reasons, the option of taking their photos in the presence of only female inmates and female staff.

Other jails have enacted similar policies. For example, some jails take two photographs: one with the scarf, and one without the scarf. Only female guards are present when the photo is taken. 

The photograph without the scarf is never shared with the media or the public, only appearing in the inmate's criminal record. This avoids the problem of unnecessarily violating the inmate's religious beliefs.

"Jails and prisons across Georgia should enact similar religious accommodations," Mitchell said.

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has successfully defended the religious rights of Muslim inmates in a number of cases.

CAIR-LA: Muslim Woman Wins Settlement After Her Hijab Was Forcibly Removed by Long Beach Police

Mitchell noted that CAIR offers an educational toolkit called "A Correctional Institution’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," to help correctional officers and administrators gain a better understanding of Islam and Muslims.

SEE: A Correctional Institution’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

CAIR offers an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered. For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here:http://www.cair.com/app

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-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell; 404-285-9530; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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