(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 –
(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:
(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.”
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.
Representative of Muslim civil rights group to meet today with students and staff at University of Wisconsin-Stout
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/2/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator of a deadly attack on a Saudi Arabian student in Wisconsin.
CAIR said University of Wisconsin-Stout student Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, died one day after being assaulted on a street in downtown Menomonie, Wis. The attacker, described as a white male about 6 feet tall, assaulted Alnahdi early Sunday morning near a pizza restaurant. Alnahdi was found unconscious and bleeding from his mouth and nose. He was hospitalized and later died from his injuries.
CAIR’s Minnesota chapter (CAIR-MN) and its national civil rights department are both monitoring the case. The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization is also calling on the FBI to enter the case. CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein is meeting today with students and staff at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.