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CAIR Condemns Trump’s Trashing of Legal Immigrants, Who He Called ‘Worst of the Worst’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/15/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned President Trump’s “trashing” of legal immigrants who came to this country through the visa lottery system.

In a speech earlier today at the FBI Training Academy, the president said in part:

“They have a lottery. You pick people. Do you think the country is giving us their best people? No. What kind of a system is that? They come in by a lottery. They give us their worst people, they put them in a bin, but in his hand when he’s picking ‘em is the really the worst of the worst. Congratulations you’re going to the United States. Okay.”

Video: President Donald Trump Trashes Legal Immigrants, Calling Them ‘Worst of the Worst’

SEE: Donald Trump Just Compared Legal Immigrants on Diversity Visas to Trash

[NOTE: Those selected in the visa lottery go through the same vetting as any other immigrant and their countries do not ‘pick” them to emigrate.]

In a statement, CAIR said:

“When Donald Trump uses an appearance at a law enforcement setting to trash those who came to this country through a strict legal process – calling them ‘the worst of the worst’ -- he sends the message that the status of immigrants is somehow lower than that of native-born citizens, and that law enforcement authorities should perhaps treat them differently than other Americans. This is the same racist, white supremacist message that has emboldened bigots and has resulted in an unprecedented spike in hate targeting minority and immigrant communities.”

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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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-NY Seeks Hate Crime Charges for Murder Suspect Who Shouted ‘F---ing Arabs, Muslims and Terrorists’

(NEW YORK, NY, 12/15/17) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the arrest of Mark Thomas for the murder of Abdul Yafaee, an 80-year-old store clerk who was killed on Thursday night.

CAIR-NY is also calling for hate crime charges in the case.

According to police, Thomas, a 41-year-old Brooklyn resident, fired 11 shots at Yafee while he was working at the 797 Deli at 791 Stanley Avenue. Despite reports that Thomas said "f---ing Arabs, Muslims and terrorists” shortly before killing Mr. Yafee, NYPD officials have stated that this “was not related to any bias or hate, so is NOT a Hate Crime.” Thomas faces charges of murder in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon.

SEE: Brooklyn man charged in deli clerk’s murder cursed ‘Arabs, Muslims and terrorists’

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/man-charged-deli-clerk-murder-cursed-arabs-muslims-article-1.3701429

“While we are grateful that police were quickly able to make an arrest in this gruesome case, we’re shocked by the finding that this was not bias-motivated,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “We urge the Brooklyn district attorney’s office to charge this murder as the hate crime that it was.”

Community members are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, Esq., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 917 669-4006; CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn, Esq., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 571-766-6273

 

CAIR: Austin Mosques to Dedicate Friday Sermon to Rohingya Refugee Crisis

(AUSTIN, TEXAS – 12/15/2017) – The Austin Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Austin) welcomes the effort of local Mosques to express solidarity with Rohingya Muslim refugees by dedicating their Friday sermons to addressing the ongoing humanitarian crisis.

Violence against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar has forcibly displaced hundreds of thousands of people. More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled into neighboring Bangladesh to escape an escalating scale of violence U.N. officials and human rights groups referred to as ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. “These sermons are a part of a dedicated effort by the Austin community to help shine a much-needed spotlight on the plight of Rohingya Muslims, one the world’s most persecuted minority groups” said CAIR-Austin Executive Director Maira Sheikh.

Friday will also mark the repeat visit of one of Myanmar’s most revered Buddhist monks, Sitagu Sayadaw, to the Austin area. Despite Sitagu Sayadaw’s recent controversial statements, his visit, along with Friday’s sermons, are opportunities to continue to raise awareness about the ongoing crisis and the difficult conditions in which Rohinya refugees are currently living.

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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CONTACT: CAIR-Austin Executive Director Maira Sheikh, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 512-785-7105

 

DC: National Muslim Coalition to Hold Rally for Jerusalem Outside White House

screenshot outlook.office.com 2017 12 14 13 26 46 185(WASHINGTON, D.C, 12/14/17) – On Saturday, December 16, the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local Muslim organizations, will hold a noon rally in opposition to President Trump's recent recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Thousands of people are expected to attend, with buses organized from around the country.  

WHAT: USCMO Rally for Jerusalem

WHEN: Saturday, December 16, Noon

WHERE: The White House Ellipse, 15th and E Streets NW, Washington, DC 20500

MEDIA CONTACT: USCMO Secretary General Oussama Jammal, 708-288-1914This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

USCMO is a coalition of a number of leading national and local Muslim organizations that seeks to promote effective communication and coordination between all American Muslim organizations and sponsor Muslim civic engagement for the good of the nation.

The founding members of USCMO are American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), The Mosque Cares (Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed).

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