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CAIR: 127 National and State Organizations Urge Nation’s Political Parties to Repeal the Muslim Ban, Reverse Historic-Low Cap on Refugees

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/22/19) – Today a coalition of 127 national and state African, Arab, Iranian, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian American communities; interfaith partners; and civil, education, human and immigrant rights allies, issued 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.

The joint statement is in advance of the 2020 national party conventions held by the Democratic, Republican, Green, and Libertarian Parties. During these conventions each political party updates their party platform, which embodies the principles and strategic goals of the party for the next four years.

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   

In the joint letter, the coalition said:

“We the undersigned organizational representatives of the African, Arab, Iranian, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian American communities; interfaith partners; and civil, education, human and immigrant rights allies, call on all national political parties to 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.

“Our country aspires to be a place where people can worship freely, exchange and explore new ideas, start businesses, and remain safe and secure with their families – to be a beacon of hope to those “yearning to breathe free,” as inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. The Muslim Ban and cuts to refugee admissions contravene these ideals. They have torn mothers from their children, kept people from lifesaving medical treatments, deprived Americans of access to scholarship and voices we have the right to hear, and denied a safe harbor to refugees fleeing global conflicts – including those in which our nation is an active combatant.

“The 2020 election provides every political party with a renewed opportunity to publicly assess whether its message and platform are aligned with our nation’s guiding values. We call on you to affirm our fundamental principles of religious freedom and an open society by committing to repeal the Muslim Ban and reverse the record-low cap on refugee admissions in your 2020 party platforms. We are not seeking a nominal increase in refugee caps, or a substitute for the Muslim Ban in the form of comparable vetting programs that rely on religious or ethnic profiling. Rather, in committing to rescind these policies, we ask for a strong statement that the United States welcomes people of all nationalities, ethnicities, and creeds.

“Several resolutions and bills have already been introduced in Congress to overturn the Muslim Ban and address gaps in our nation’s legal framework that permitted its authorization. Though these proposals have substantial support, they are unlikely to become law in short order.

“That is why we are collectively calling on our nation’s political parties to elevate these critical issues in their 2020 party platforms. The next political convention cycle presents our nation with the best opportunity to move forward in repealing the Muslim Ban and cap on refugees. Please make repealing the Muslim Ban and increasing the refugee cap a central element of your party’s 2020 platform.”

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.


CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR Strategic Communications Manager Arsalan Bukhari, 206-931-3655,

* Letter co-signers include the following national and state groups:

National Organizations

Action Center on Race and the Economy

African Communities Together

Alianza Americas


Arab Forum

American Friends Service Committee

American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN)

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law


Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Defending Rights & Dissent

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

Embodied Solidarity

Emgage Action

Food Empowerment Project

Foreign Policy for America

Franciscan Action Network

Franciscan Sisters of the Poor – U.S.

Freedom for Immigrants

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Hip Hop Caucus

ICNA Council for Social Justice (ICNA CSJ)

Institute for Policy Studies, New Internationalism Project

International Center for Rights and Justice

International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)

Islamic Scholarship Fund

Islamophobia Studies Center

J Street


Jewish Voice for Peace

Just Foreign Policy

Justice For All

Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation, Order of St. Francis

Million Hoodies Movement for Justice


MPower Action

Muslim Advocates

Muslim American Society-PACE

Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)


NAFSA: Association of International Educators

National Council of Jewish Women

National Immigration Law Center

National Iranian American Council

National Network for Arab American Communities

National Religious Campaign Against Torture

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

Oil Change U.S.A.

Only Through US

Our Three Winners Foundation (OTWF)

Peace Action

Poligon Education Fund

Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus

Secular Franciscan Order – USA

Secure Justice

Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities

Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God

Southern Poverty Law Center

STAND: The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities

The Revolutionary Love Project

The United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society

The Yemen Peace Project

T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

Truman National Security Project

United We Dream Action

Veterans For Peace

Voices for Progress

Wheaton Franciscans, General Office for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation

Win Without War

Yemeni Alliance Committee 

Yemeni American Merchants Association (YAMA)


State Organizations

Adhikaar, New York

Amal Law Group, LLC, Illinois

Baltimore Palestine Solidarity, Maryland

CAIR-Austin, Texas

CAIR-California, California

CAIR-Cincinnati, Ohio

CAIR-Florida, Florida

CAIR-Georgia, Georgia

CAIR-Houston, Texas

CAIR-Massachusetts, Massachusetts

CAIR-New Jersey, New Jersey

CAIR-Ohio, Cleveland Chapter, Ohio

CAIR-Oregon, Oregon

CAIR-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

California Sanctuary Campaign, California

Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles

Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC), California

Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc. (CAB), California

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, California

Equality California, California

Faith in Texas, Texas

Family Action Network Movement, Florida

Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, Ohio

Greater New York Labor Religion Coalition, New York

Jewish Voice for Peace-NYC, New York

Law Office of Aliya Karmali, California

Minnesotans Against Islamophobia, Minnesota

Muslim Alliance of Indiana, Indiana

Muslim Foundation inv, New Jersey

New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association (NJMLA), New Jersey

New York Muslim United for Civic Engagement, New York

NJMVP, New Jersey

Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, California

Old First Church, Middletown, New Jersey

Pangea Legal Services, California

Pars Equality Center, California

Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans, California

People Acting in Community Together (PACT), California

Puentes – Immigrant Legal and Community Resources, California

San Francisco Peninsula People Power, California

SIREN (Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network), California

Sisters of Saint Francis JPIC Commissioners, Colorado

Sisters of St Francis Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation Commission, Colorado

Sisters of St. Francis Justice Peace & Integrity for Creation Committee O’Donnell, OSF, Pennsylvania

Southeast Queens Muslim Collective Inc., New York

Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, New York

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, Tennessee

The Interfaith Center of New York, New York

The Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought, New Jersey

The Sacramento Family Unity Education Legal Network, California

Tri-State Franciscan Solidarity Table, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky

Unite Oregon, Oregon

United Muslims of America, California

WE RISE SF/ Labor Center for Immigrant Justice, California

Westchester Coalition Against Islamophobia, New York

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