CAIR Action Alert: One Week Left to Speak Up Against Trump’s ‘Back Door Muslim Ban’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/26/17) – The deadline to submit public comments rejecting the Trump administration’s proposal to make its anti-Muslim, anti-Arab, anti-Iranian, and anti-immigrant extreme visa vetting program permanent is Monday, October 2.

CAIR, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice), and NIAC Action are urging a final week of public action and comments.

The deadline to comment on what many are calling a “Back Door Muslim Ban” is Monday, October 2nd at 8:59 p.m. PST (or 11:59 p.m. EST). The three groups have launched an online-portal to electronically submit public comment.


Background: Donald Trump’s illegal Muslim ban executive orders have been knocked down by the courts twice, but are currently stuck at the U.S. Supreme Court. But now he is trying another way to implement his discriminatory agenda in a way that tries to side-step the courts: new “extreme vetting” requirements in visa applications.

If approved, this policy would be devastating for our communities. It would let the Trump administration gather huge amounts of personal data about visa applicants, including their social media history for the past five years and their travel history for the past fifteen years. The Trump administration would then be able to use this vast amount of information to reject visas; if they wrongly reject someone’s visa application, it is very hard to fight that decision.

Collecting this social media information is particularly frightening. We have already seen cases where visas were denied because U.S. government officials misunderstood innocent social media posts. Collecting this information on such a vast scale is sure to lead to widespread rejection of visas for inappropriate reasons, and the language about who can be targeted for this information collection is so broad that it can encompass huge groups of people. Given this administration’s unchecked Islamophobia, this policy is sure to be used very heavily against the Muslim community and against people from countries targeted by his Muslim Bans.

The Trump Administration is once again trying to push a Muslim Ban, this time by calling it “extreme vetting.” We should not be fooled. Take action today to protect our communities from this back door ban.

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 Director of Government Affairs Department Robert McCaw, 202-999-8292,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,