(WASHINGTON, DC, 11/17/15) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today asked Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to reconsider his position, announced this morning, to seek the immediate cessation of Syrian refugee resettlement in Maryland unless the federal government assures they pose no threat.
Governor Hogan's stance echoes similar statements made in recent days by more than half of the United States' governors.
Some 2,000 Syrian refugees have been resettled in the United States since 2011, of which more than 150 have been placed in Maryland. None have ever been reported to have been charged with or associated with terrorism.
"America has long been the last great hope for many fleeing persecution, war and terror," said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry. "The great state of Maryland has played an integral role in helping refugees rebuild and recover as they pursue citizenship and contribute to society. Many Syrian refugees themselves are fleeing terror. Governor Hogan's message today is especially troubling because it is exactly the propaganda coup Daesh seeks to build its ranks and continue its reign of terror."
Chaudry added that national security and public safety is a priority, but also pointed to statistics indicating refugees pose little to no security risk.
According to the Migration Policy Institute, the US has resettled nearly 800,000 refugees since 9/11. Of those, only three have been arrested for planning terrorist activities, and their identity has not been confirmed as Syrian. This number equals 0.000004 percent.
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.
CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-971-6062