(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 8/15/18) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today applauded six members of the New Jersey congressional delegation for demanding the removal of New Jersey ICE office spokesperson Emilio Karim Dabul after disturbing news reports surfaced of his connections to Islamophobic groups.
On Wednesday, Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Donald Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), Albio Sires (NJ-08), Donald Norcross (NJ-01), and Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) wrote a letter to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Ronald Vitiello, demanding Dabul’s removal.
“We applaud these six members of the New Jersey Congressional delegation for taking a stand against bigotry,” said James Sues, Executive Director of CAIR-New Jersey. “It is unacceptable for someone with ties to known Islamophobes and anti-Muslim hate groups to speak on behalf of a government agency such as ICE.”
As first reported by the Star Ledger on Aug. 3, Dabul has ties to numerous anti-Muslim groups including ACT for America, an organization which has “flood[ed] the American public with hate speech demonizing Muslims,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Dabul also contributed to FrontPage, a far right publication whose founder, David Horowitz, is seen as a godfather for anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant bigotry in the United States. In addition, Dabul helped edit for Freedom Center, another Horowitz organ the Star Ledger labels a “hate group.”
On Aug. 6, CAIR-New Jersey called for the dismissal of Dabul in a letter to Matthew T. Albence Executive Associate Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
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.
CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900, firstname.lastname@example.org