(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/12/18) – Following President Trump’s most recent racist remarks, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on imams (Islamic religious leaders) nationwide to reiterate Islam’s rejection of racism in their sermons (khutbas) for today’s weekly congregational prayers (jummah).
In a statement reacting to Trump’s racist comments targeting Haitians and immigrants from African countries, CAIR said:
“CAIR and the American Muslim community strongly condemn the racist and white supremacist beliefs reflected in President Trump’s remarks. It is disturbing to hear a president of the United States reject the dignity and humanity of whole communities that have made invaluable contributions to our nation. The president’s latest anti-immigrant comments are a repudiation of American values of acceptance and inclusion, and will inevitably harm our nation’s image and interests worldwide.”
CAIR is urging imams to refer to the many Islamic texts rejecting racism and bigotry in all its forms, including:
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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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/11/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the Trump administration’s announcement this week terminating the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) of the 263,000 Salvadoran immigrants living in the United States, the humanitarian program allowing them to live and work in the U.S. since a pair of earthquakes devastated El Salvador in 2001.
Yesterday, the U.S. State Department issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for El Salvador, cautioning Americans “do not travel” to the country due to "violent crime, such as murder, assault, rape, and armed robbery, [being] common" – "gang activity, such as extortion, violent street crime, and narcotics and arms trafficking, is widespread" – "local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents."
“President Trump’s termination of the TPS status of Salvadoran immigrants living in the U.S. is heartless. It will break up countless families whose children were born here and are citizens. It goes against the very concerns raised in the State Department’s travel advisory warning Americans not to travel to El Salvador,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert S. McCaw.
TAKE ACTION BELOW – URGE DHS TO REDESIGNATE TPS FOR SYRIANS AND YEMENIS LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES
In response to the Trump Administration canceling the TPS status of an immigrant community whose native country still poses a significant safety risk -- and the cancellation of TPS status for Syrian and Yemini immigrants in the U.S. up for reconsideration on March 31 and September 3, 2018 – CAIR is urging all Americans to call the Department of Homeland Security Public Comment Line at 202-282-8495 and leave the following message seeking the redesignation of Syrian and Yemini immigrant’s TPS status:
This is [State Your Name]. Out of concern I am calling to advise the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to redesignate the Temporary Protected Status of Syrian and Yemini immigrants living and working in the U.S.
This recommendation is based on U.S. Department of State advising Americans to not travel to either country due to the possible threat of terrorism, civil unrest and armed conflict. Syrian and Yemini immigrants living in the U.S. deserve the same consideration when it comes to their personal safety and wellbeing.
There are about 6,200 Syrian and 800 Yemen immigrants with TPS in the U.S., with both nationalities granted protection in response to ongoing armed conflicts and civil unrest in their home counties.
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(BALTIMORE, MD, 1/11/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on Maryland mosque leaders and imams (Islamic religious leaders) to support statewide ‘Immigrant Solidarity Weekend’ January 12th - 14th by dedicating this week’s Friday sermons to urging prayers, support, and advocacy for Maryland’s diverse immigrant communities.
“Friday sermons are part of a dedicated effort by Muslim communities to help shine a much-needed spotlight on important issues impacting our most vulnerable communities, including immigrants and refugees” said CAIR Representative Dr. Zainab Chaudry. “Thousands of families impacted by this administration’s unethical policies need our prayers, advocacy, and support.”
Standing in solidarity with immigrants is a central part of many faiths. In the Islamic faith tradition, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) narrated: "None of you will have faith until he wishes for his brother [or sister] what he wishes for himself."
In his final sermon, he also iterated: “All humankind is from Adam and Eve. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab. Also, a white person has no superiority over a black person, nor does someone who is black have any superiority over someone who is white -- except by piety and good action.”
In the Islamic Holy text, the Quran, God states directly:
Meanwhile, the Trump administration has implemented numerous anti-immigrant policies and executive orders in the past year, including:
• Executive order increasing interior enforcement of immigration targeting and directing an effort to build an additional border wall
• Muslim Ban 1.0
• iPad/Laptop Ban
• Muslim Ban 2.0
• Muslim Ban 3.0
• Reducing the number of refugees permitted to be resettled into the U.S. to the lowest it's been in decades
• Muslim Ban 4.0
• Ending deferred action (DACA) for an estimated 800,000 childhood arrivals
• Ending temporary protected status for 45,000 Haitians
• Ending temporary protected status for 200,000 Salvadorians, which will impact them and their over 190,000 U.S. born children
• Beginning efforts to revoke citizenship from naturalized citizens
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