(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/10/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on all Americans to contact their senators and members of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs to urge them to oppose the nomination of Ken Cuccinelli to become Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) following revelations that he praised a notorious anti-Muslim hate group leader with alleged ties to white supremacist, neo-Nazi hate organizations.
In 2014, Cuccinelli praised and promoted an anti-Muslim rant by Brigitte Gabriel, head of the anti-Muslim hate group ACT for America. He has also associated with Gabriel in other ways, including signing several letters with her and attending an August 2018 Media Research Center cruise with her.
SEE: Trump's pick to head DHS immigration, Ken Cuccinelli, praised anti-Muslim extremist Brigitte Gabriel
“Once again, we see the link between endorsing hardline, anti-immigrant policies and supporting Islamophobia. It just goes to show that these views are two sides of the same coin of xenophobia,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “We condemn Mr. Cuccinelli’s Islamophobic views and urge the Senate to vote against his nomination as USCIS director.”
McCaw said Brigitte Gabriel believes that “America is at stage two Islamic Cancer,” that “every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim,” that a Muslim “cannot be a loyal citizen of the United States,” and that Arabs “have no soul.”
ACT for America has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC has named Brigitte Gabriel as a member of the nation's "Anti-Muslim Inner Circle."
SEE: CAIR Backgrounder on ACT for America
CAIR Backgrounder on Brigitte Gabriel
Video: ACT for America is a Hate Group, Plain and Simple
Her group has ties to white supremacist, neo-Nazi hate organizations that exhibit the same bigoted themes as seen at the Charlottesville, Va., neo-Nazi rally.
Video: Anti-Muslim Hate Group ACT for America is Allied with White Supremacists, Racists
Last month, CAIR condemned Cuccinelli for praising Gabriel and promised to oppose his expected nomination.
SEE: CAIR Condemns Expected USCIS Nominee Ken Cuccinelli for Praise of Anti-Muslim Hate Group Leader Brigitte Gabriel
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
CAIR has repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist Trump administration policies and appointments.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.