CAIR-Massachusetts Welcomes Resignation of Islamophobic Official

(BOSTON, MA, 6/24/2019) -- The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA) today welcomed the resignation of North Attleboro Zoning Board of Appeals member Walter Matthis.

Matthis was asked to resign by the North Attleboro Board of Selectmen following his Islamophobic letter to the editor published in the Sun Chronicle on May 1, 2019.

In that letter, Matthis made statements such as: "Let’s see front page stories that depict the brutal side of Islam religion [sic] and how they [sic] treat women. . .I will most likely be classified as Muslimphobic or some other such word to indicate I’m against Islam. . .Yes! I know that this religion is oppressive to women. But this fact is covered up by the politically correct/fake media and the liberals (Democrats) and of course, women’s liberation groups."

After CAIR-MA brought the letter to the editor to the attention of the North Attleborough Board of Selectmen, action was taken to hold Matthis accountable to his Islamophobic views. His resignation was accepted by the Board of Selectmen on June 20.

Matthis Resigns From North Attleboro Zoning Board

https://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/matthis-resigns-from-north-attleboro-zoning-board/article_3e478c5f-9895-5b5f-b4c0-90cdf2e82983.html

“The Islamophobic statements made by Walther Matthis were insulting to not only the Muslim residents of North Attleboro but also to the level of professionalism and basic decency expected of elected officials,” said Nazia Ashraful, government affairs director of CAIR-MA. “We welcome the actions taken by the Board of Selectmen to remove Mr. Matthis from his position on the Zoning Board of Appeals.”

She noted that CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

SEE: CAIR-Washington Demands Response by Starbucks to Hate Attack on Texas Muslim Mother

https://www.cair.com/cair_washington_demands_response_by_starbucks_to_hate_attack_on_texas_muslim_mother

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MA Government Affairs Director Nazia Ashraful, 857-770-1557, nashraful@cair.com

 


CAIR Issues Immigrant Community Advisory Ahead of Anticipated ICE Raids on Families

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/21/19) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today issued a community advisory for immigrant families that may be targeted beginning this weekend by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in as many as 10 U.S. cities, including Houston, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles.

President Trump has directed a mass ICE roundup -- called “family op” -- of some 2,000 migrant families that have received deportation orders, an operation that may begin with predawn raids.

SEE: Large scale ICE Raids Expected this Weekend
https://www.denverpost.com/2019/06/21/ice-raids-migrant-families/

CAIR is advising those who believe they or their families may be targeted by the raids to follow advice offered in its “Your Rights with Law Enforcement” booklet, including:

“If you are visited by federal law enforcement agents, remember:

“You have the legal right to have a lawyer present when speaking with federal law enforcement agencies. This is true even if you are not a citizen or have been arrested or detained. This is your legal right. Refusing to answer questions cannot be held against you and does not imply that you have something to hide. Answering a question incorrectly can hurt you more than not answering at all. An attorney is best able to protect your rights.

“You do not have to permit any law enforcement officer to enter your home or office if they do not have warrant. Law enforcement agents must have a search warrant, except in emergency situations, in order to enter your house. If they say they have a warrant, politely ask to see it before allowing them to enter. If they have a warrant, be courteous and polite, but remember that you are under no obligation to answer questions without a lawyer present. You should tell the agents that you do not consent to the search so that they cannot go beyond what the warrant authorizes.

“You should never lie or provide false information to any law enforcement agency. Lying to law enforcement agents under any circumstance is a federal crime.

“Remember to ask any investigator who visits you for a business card so you can give it to your lawyer. At least get the name, contact information and agency of the officer.”. . .

“If you are not a U.S. citizen and are contacted by a DHS official, remember:

“You have the right to an attorney. It is a good idea to carry the contact information of an immigration attorney who can help you.

“Never sign anything without reading, understanding and knowing the consequences of signing it. You have the right to have an attorney visit you if you are in detention and represent you at any immigration hearings.

“Federal law requires you to carry your registration documents with you at all times. Once your immigration status has been shown to an officer, you do not have to answer any other questions without having a lawyer present.

“You should not be asked improper questions. No DHS officer may ask you anything about your religious or political beliefs, groups that you belong to or contribute to, things that you have done or said in the past, or where you have traveled.”

CAIR: Your Rights with Law Enforcement

https://www.cair.com/know_your_rights

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, lmasri@cair.com, 202-742-6420; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, gAbbas@cair.com, 720-251-0425; CAIR Trial Attorney Carolyn Homer, cHomer@cair.com, 202-516-4724; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

 


CAIR-Philadelphia Supports Police Commissioner’s Decision to Discipline Officers Over Racist, Anti-Muslim Messages

(PHILADELPHIA, PA, 6/21/19) -- The Philadelphia Chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Philadelphia), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed its support for Philadelphia Police Department Commissioner Richard Ross’ decision to discipline 72 officers identified as having posted racist and anti-Muslim messages on social media.

As previously reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Plain View Project published a database compiling racist Facebook posts from law enforcement officials across eight local jurisdictions. The database included posts and/or comments from 330 active Philadelphia police officers, including 15 at or above the rank of lieutenant. These revelations led to further investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau.

SEE: Hundreds of current and former Philadelphia police officers implicated in racist and offensive Facebook posts

Commissioner Ross announced on Wednesday that his department removed 72 officers from street duty. The Philadelphia Police Department has yet to name the offending officers but has committed to continue its investigation into the posts.

SEE: The Plain View Database


In a statement, CAIR-Philadelphia Civil Rights Attorney Timothy Welbeck said:

“The officers who made these statements are not fit to serve and protect the citizens of Philadelphia. The revelations confirm what many have observed empirically and anecdotally: white nationalists and bigots have infiltrated the Philadelphia Police Department and law enforcement agencies across the country. This is a dangerous reality. We demand continued investigation and the firing of the offending officers. CAIR-Philadelphia stands ready to assist the Philadelphia Police Department in working to eliminate all forms of bigotry, but especially anti-Muslim hate.”

He noted that CAIR-Philadelphia has conducted hundreds of free anti-bias workshops and trainings across the Greater Delaware Valley Region for a wide range of both public and private institutions, including colleges and high schools, churches and synagogues, government agencies, private businesses and corporations.

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.

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CONTACT:  CAIR-Philadelphia Staff Attorney Timothy Welbeck, Esq., 267-515-6712, CELL: 215.876.2208, twelbeck@cair.com


CAIR Action Alert: Urge Congress to Stop Trump's March to War with Iran

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/20/19) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on all Americans to urge Congress to stand firm against the Trump administration’s ongoing march to an unnecessary and unconstitutional war with Iran.

CAIR is also asking both Congress and the media to investigate, question and otherwise challenge the Trump administration's claims about Iran so that the United States not launch another disastrous attack on a Middle Eastern country based on misinformation.

CAIR's action alert urges members of Congress to cosponsor the Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019 which would prohibit funds from being used for kinetic military operations against Iran unless authorized by Congress.

CLICK HERE TO URGE CONGRESS TO STOP TRUMP GOING TO WAR WITH IRAN

https://www.votervoice.net/CAIR/campaigns/67139/respond

SEE: Trump prepares to bypass Congress to take on Iran

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/18/trump-congress-iran-1366756

CAIR’s Action Alert Message to Congress:

“The American people need not feel any sympathy or affinity for the Iranian government in order to recognize that our nation should not launch another unnecessary and unjustified war in the Middle East.

"By violating the Iran nuclear deal, harming the Iranian people with renewed sanctions, and sending 1,000 American troops to the region, the Trump administration has deliberately and systematically pushed our nation toward a conflict with Iran.

"We must not allow history to repeat itself. During the run-up to the Iraq War, both Congress and the media failed to challenge the Bush administration's claims of Iraqi WMDs, ties to 9/11, and imminent nuclear warfare, all of which turned out to be utterly false. Hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi men, women and children, and thousands of Americans paid for those lies with their lives.

"We must not once again go to war based on the claims of a White House that lies about anything and everything. Congress must stop this march to war. The media must challenge the narrative leading us to war. The American people must speak up against war. Not again. Not on our watch.”

In 2003, CAIR warned against the invasion of Iraq stating that “the impending attack on Iraq by the United States could result in long-term negative domestic and international consequences, even if the conflict unfolds as planned” and that such “an occupation could quickly turn into a political and military quagmire.”

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,ihooper@cair.com

 


CAIR Calls for Probe of Bias Motive for Doll Found Hanging in Virginia Playground

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/20/19) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on law enforcement authorities in Virginia to investigate a possible bias motive for a doll painted black found hanging by its neck on playground equipment in Campbell County’s Evington community.

SEE: Possible hate crime found in Evington

http://www.altavistajournal.com/news/article_207e0ddc-9380-11e9-8bb2-0f9a52353288.html

Baby doll, painted black, found hanging from monkey bars in Campbell Co. neighborhood

https://wset.com/news/local/baby-doll-painted-black-found-hanging-from-monkey-bars-in-campbell-co-neighborhood

“Because of the rise in white supremacist activity and the targeting of minority communities nationwide, it is incumbent on law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this incident,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Second ‘Kill Arabs’ Anti-Muslim Graffiti in Brooklyn; Calls for Public’s Help Identifying Culprit

https://www.cair.com/cair_ny_condemns_second_kill_arabs_anti_muslim_graffiti_in_brooklyn_calls_for_public_s_help_identifying_culprit

CAIR-Washington Demands Response by Starbucks to Hate Attack on Texas Muslim Mother

https://www.cair.com/cair_washington_demands_response_by_starbucks_to_hate_attack_on_texas_muslim_mother

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com


Muslim Civil Rights Group CAIR-Houston Welcomes Lubabah Abdullah as New Executive Director

(HOUSTON, TEXAS, 6/20/2019) - The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed Lubabah Abdullah as its new executive director.

Prior to joining CAIR-Houston, Lubabah was an attorney in St. Louis, Mo., practicing in the areas of Islamic estate planning, family-based immigration and family law.

Abdullah worked with Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights counseling women on the interplay between Islamic and civil law, particularly in matters relating to family law.

She also served as the women’s fund director and eventually as the executive director of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana (MAI) where she developed and oversaw four legal programs, including a modest means legal clinic, a refugee legal assistance program, a protection order project, and immigration services for victims of domestic violence.

In a statement, Abdullah said:

“I am incredibly grateful and energized to serve the greater Houston community. With the rise of Islamophobia in Texas and across the nation, our vision is to continue to educate, empower and build stronger ties with community and organizations in the greater Houston area in order to make our city and state the home it needs to be for all people of all backgrounds.”

“On behalf of the CAIR-Houston board of directors, I am pleased to welcome Lubabah Abdullah to the Houston community. We are thrilled to have her join the organization,” said CAIR-Houston Board Chair Yusuf Shere. “We are confident that with her leadership, knowledge, legal expertise, and community experience she will be able to provide the services to support the Muslim community that Houston needs now and in years to come.”

He noted that Abdullah holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in sociology. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri. She is bilingual, speaking both English and Arabic fluently, and is working on her conversational Spanish. Abdullah also serves on the board of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Houston Development and Outreach Coordinator Ambreen Hernandez, 713-838-2247, ahernandez@cair.com

 


CAIR-Washington Demands Response by Starbucks to Hate Attack on Texas Muslim Mother

Muslim civil rights organization asks the company to train employees in competent and effective ‘bystander intervention’

(SEATTLE, WA, 6/19/19) – The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) today called on Starbucks to respond toan alleged attack on an American Muslim mother of two at a Starbucks coffee shop in Dallas, Texas.

Nur Ashour, an American Muslim woman and married mother of two, was reportedly physically assaulted by a customer after ordering coffee at a Dallas-area Starbucks. Ashour says had her 8-month-old baby was with her in a stroller at the time of the attack, and her 3-year-old daughter was nearby with her husband.

Ashour was allegedly harassed and assaulted by a customer who hurled items and verbal threats at her. Afraid for her safety and the safety of her child, Ashour ran from the Starbucks and found a security guard outside. Before Ashour reported the attack to the security officer, the attacker chased her out of the Starbucks.  

SEE: Texas Woman Claims She Was Attacked for Wearing Hijab at Starbucks

https://www.newsweek.com/muslim-woman-attacked-starbucks-hijab-1444582

After the alleged attack occurred, Ashour posted a tweet about the incident that went viral with more than 48,000 retweets. The Council on American-Islamic Relations - Dallas/Fort Worth (CAIR-DFW) has contacted the local Starbucks where the incident occurred to demand that all video surveillance of the attack be preserved.  

SEE: CAIR-Dallas Calls for Probe of Hate Attack on American Muslim Mother of Two at Dallas Starbucks

https://www.cair.com/cair_dallas_calls_for_probe_of_hate_attack_on_american_muslim_mother_of_two_at_dallas_starbucks

As the CAIR chapter in the founding city and state of Starbucks, CAIR-WA is joining CAIR-DFW in an effort to compel the company, to invest in bystander intervention training for its employees. 

"It feels very alienating when an incident happens in public and no one steps up, " said Program and Outreach Coordinator Amina Ibrahim. " I understand that some people do not know what to do, but it is so important that you get trained and learn how to help targets of hate incidents." 

"We find that people often just don't know how to effectively intervene in a bias incident and therefore do nothing. A company-wide training could go far to make sure that no other Starbucks customer ever have to feel abandoned to hate like this again," said CAIR-WA Policy and Advocacy Coordinator McKenna Lux, a Bystander Intervention Trainer.

“American Muslims, and particularly Muslim women, face an increased threat from Islamophobes,” said CAIR-DFW Legal Director Dontrey Tatum, who is the victim’s legal representative. “We urge law enforcement authorities to investigate this incident as a possible hate crime.”

CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president. 

CAIR recently released a groundbreaking report, called “Hijacked by Hate: American Philanthropy and the Islamophobia Network,” listing the philanthropic foundations, many of them mainstream, that were used by anonymous special interest donors to funnel almost $125 million to anti-Muslim hate groups between 2014 and 2016.

The report’s authors noted that one outcome of the funding and promotion of anti-Muslim hate and conspiracy theories has been the measurable nationwide increase in anti-Muslim hate violence, bullying of children and discrimination. The period covered by the report showed a marked increase in anti-Muslim hate violence and discrimination.

SEE: New CAIR Report: Anonymous Donors Use Mainstream Philanthropic Groups to Funnel Millions to Anti-Muslim Hate Groups

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.

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CONTACT: Sarah Stuteville 

Media & Outreach Director - CAIR-WA

sstuteville@cair.com |206.367.4081

 


CAIR-NY Condemns Second ‘Kill Arabs’ Anti-Muslim Graffiti in Brooklyn; Calls for Public’s Help Identifying Culprit

(NEW YORK, NY, 6/20/19) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the latest incident of anti-Muslim graffiti, this time at a Brooklyn elementary school.

A worker at the school in Sheepshead Bay arrived at work Monday to discovery the hate-filled messages ‘Kill Arabs’ and ‘Muslims suck’ scrawled on the doors.  This incident comes on the heels on a similar “Kill Arabs” hate message reported Sunday afternoon at a B44 bus stop on Nostrand Avenue and Avenue V.  Both incidents are being investigated by the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force. 

SEE: Anti-Muslim messages sprayed on Muslim elementary school

https://abc7ny.com/anti-muslim-messages-sprayed-on-brooklyn-elementary-school/5352839/

CAIR-NY Condemns ‘Kill Arabs’ Hate Message in Brooklyn

https://www.cair-ny.org/news/2019/6/19/cair-ny-condemns-kill-arabs-hate-message-in-brooklyn

'Kill Arabs' Graffiti Scrawled on Brooklyn Bus Stop, Rep Says

https://patch.com/new-york/brooklyn/kill-arabs-graffiti-scrawled-brooklyn-bus-stop-rep-says

The NYPD released surveillance footage of a potential suspect. He is described to be about 60 years old, 5-foot-10, 220 pounds and partially bald with white hair and a beard. The use of similar phrases led the police to suspect that the same person is responsible for both crimes.

CAIR-NY’s Executive Director Afaf Ñasher stated:

“This blatant act of hate against Muslims in the Sheepshead Bay community cannot be taken lightly. The fact that an elementary school was a target of these acts gives us even more incentive to take prompt action. It is unacceptable for our youth to be exposed to this bigotry.

“We ask law enforcement officials to do everything in their power to bring the perpetrator to justice and to assist in creating a secure, welcoming and hate free environment for our children and community members."

CAIR-NY is asking New Yorkers to help identify the perpetrator. Individuals with information should call 1-888-440-HATE. Individual may contact CAIR-NY with assistance in making reports or tips to the NYPD. 

Individuals in New York 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’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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.

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CONTACT:  CAIR-NY Litigation Director Ahmed Mohamed, ahmedmohamed@cair.com; 646-481-2103; CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, anasher@cair.com; 917-669-4006

 


CAIR-NY Launches Anti-Surveillance Project

(NEW YORK, NY, 06/19/19) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced the launch of its Anti-Surveillance Project – a platform that seeks to educate New Yorkers about the prevalence and methods of surveillance  and empower the public through community organizing for common-sense safe guards and civic engagement specifically focused on ending abusive surveillance practices targeting immigrant, persons of color, and Muslim communities.

The Anti-Surveillance Project will be housed online at: https://aspny.org/

VISIT: The Anti-Surveillance Project of NY - A CAIR-NY Project

The NYPD, along with other city and state agencies, have quietly amassed a broad range of new surveillance technologies without public notice, debate, or oversight. According to the 2016 report from the New York Inspector General, Muslims are about 3% of NYC’s population, but were the target of 95% of the NYPD’s surveillance.

SEE: 2016 New York Inspector General Report

Keeping eyes on NYPD surveillance: Time for the City Council to increase scrutiny of Stingrays and other technology

At a time when Islamophobia and hate run rampant and marginalized communities are constantly attacked on many fronts; it is imperative to stand up against structures and policies that allow it to flourish. According to the New York Inspector General’s own report, the Muslim community is the target of 95% of the NYPD’s surveillance, despite accounting for 3% of NYC’s population. We must hold New York to a higher standard until biased and broken facial recognition algorithms are fixed and commonsense reform and safeguards are put into place on invasive technologies,” said CAIR-NY’s Outreach Coordinator Muhammad Sattaur.

“The NYPD has a track record of using invasive practices to profile and target disenfranchised groups, including a multiple year suspicionless surveillance program that swept up Muslim communities throughout New York City and beyond. The rights and dignity of all New Yorkers must be respected, and this requires transparency and accountability from the largest police force in the country. We are not numbers or data to be collected and disseminated. We are a community of people and are demanding change,” said CAIR-NY’s Surveillance Fellow Anna Ellison.

SEE: How the NYPD targets Muslims 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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.

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CAIR Calls on First Democratic Debate Moderators to Ask About Muslim Ban, Accepting Refugees

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/19/19) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, today called on NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo moderators of the first 2020 Democratic primary debate to question 20 presidential candidates about their plans to respond to President Trump’s Muslim Ban and the all-time-low cap on the annual number of refugees admitted into the United States.

In a statement, CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw said:

“All Americans, including Muslims, immigrant and refugee communities, have a right to know how each candidate plans to address the Muslim Ban and the all-time-low cap on the annual number of refugees entering the United States.”

“CAIR is calling on debate moderators to elevate the Muslim Ban and refugee cap during the debate as critical issues that are fundamental to our nation’s ability to claim it respects religious freedom and is an open society.”

McCaw added that yesterday, Democratic presidential candidate Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar released her plan of more than 100 actions for her first 100 days as president, which included a pledge to “End the travel ban.”

In March, Democratic presidential candidate New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stated at a town hall that, “I will stand up against white nationalism, and I will repeal the Muslim ban as soon as I am president of the United States.”

McCaw also noted that as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, CAIR does not endorse any particular candidate or political party for any office.

In April, CAIR joined a coalition of 127 other national and state African, Arab, Iranian, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian American communities; interfaith partners; and civil, education, human and immigrant rights allies, in a joint letter to all national political parties requesting that they include repealing the Muslim Ban and reversing the all-time-low cap on the annual number of refugees admitted into the United States as signature issues in their 2020 party platforms.

READ: Open Letter Calling on all U.S. Political Parties to Adopt Platforms that Repeal the Muslim Travel Ban, Reverse Historic-Low Cap on Refugees

www.tinyurl.com/2020PlatformLetter   

About the First 2020 Democratic Primary Debate

The debate is being hosted by NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo, and will air live across all three networks and their online platforms starting at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on June 26 and 27.

The debate is being moderated in Miami both nights by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd, MSNBC prime-time host Rachel Maddow, and Noticias Telemundo and NBC Nightly News Saturday anchor José Díaz-Balart.

The June 26 debate will feature: Mayor of New York City Bill De Blasio; Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren; New Jersey Senator Cory Booker; Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar; former Texas Representative Beto O'Rourke; Washington Governor Jay Inslee; former Maryland Representative John Delaney; Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard; and Ohio Representative Tim Ryan; and, former U.S. Housing Secretary Julián Castro.

The June 27 debate will feature: Former Vice President Joe Biden; Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders; New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; Colorado Senator Michael Bennet; California Senator Kamala Harris; California Representative Eric Swalwell; Indiana South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper; author Marianne Williamson; and, entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

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. 

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, ihooper@cair.com, 202-744-7726