The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) tonight applauded a decision by immigration authorities to temporarily halt the deportation of a Muslim family in Ohio with three U.S.-citizen children. The deportation is being halted pending a review of the family's case.
Yesterday, presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich held a news conference in Ohio seeking government action to keep the family together in the United States. (Kucinich also wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security asking that the deportation be stopped.)
The Muslim refugee mother faces the options of abandoning her children or taking them to Venezuela, where she has no family support or employment prospects. Immigration officials had ordered the woman to leave the United States by January 6.
Representatives of CAIR's Cleveland office took part in Kucinich's news conference and asked that the family be allowed to remain in America on humanitarian grounds.
"We would like to thank Representative Kucinich for his timely intervention in this case, and also thank all those who contacted their elected officials to ask that these American children remain in the only country they know," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "We hope this temporary measure will lead to a permanent solution."
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 25 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. (NOTE: CAIR does not endorse political candidates.)