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CAIR Action Alert: (Live Stream) Watch CAIR Welcome Yemeni-Americans Returning Home to Dulles (IAD) Airport, Following COVID-19 Lockdown in Yemen – #BringThemHome

  • Want to join us? CAIR is looking for four volunteers to hold welcome signs. Contact: info@cair.com  

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/26/20) – On Sunday, June 28, at 6:50 p.m. the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will live stream its welcoming of Yemeni Americans arriving at the Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

More than 1,000 American citizens and LPRs (Legal Permanent Residents) have been stranded in Yemen after traveling to that country for a brief period of time. They were scheduled to return to the U.S. at the end of March 2020 but became stranded due to the COVID-19 global health crisis and a cancellation of flights.

WELCOMING LIVESTREAMED AT:

https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational

CAIR’s livestream will air sometime between 7 PM and 10 PM (ET), so please stay tuned. Please share the link once it goes live and join the conversation with the hashtag #BringThemHome.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

CAIR is also seeking four volunteers from the Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia area to hold signs welcoming Yemeni Americans returning home. Volunteers must be able to bring and wear face masks, gloves and socially distance. To join CAIR, contact: info@cair.com  

BACKGROUND:

CAIR is aware of more than 1,000 American citizens and legal permanent residents (LPR) who are currently stranded in Yemen without flights due to the COVID-19 global health crisis and asked the U.S. State Department for assistance.

Last Friday, CAIR, along with local chapters in New York, Chicago, Michigan, and California launched the #BringThemHome campaign calling on the U.S. State Department to immediately seek the quickest, safest, and most efficient way to bring home and repatriate the more than 1,000 American citizens and legal permanent residents (LPR) who are currently stranded in Yemen.

CAIR is also calling on the U.S. government to provide immediate assistance or waivers to those with expired or missing travel documents who can prove they are U.S. citizens or LPRs.

While CAIR welcomes the State Department working to schedule two flights on June 28 and July 1, departing from Aden, Yemen to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Washington-Dulles International Airport – a number of CAIR’s clients will be unable to board those flights because their passports or travel documents have expired while stranded in Yemen.

In one case, a premature American newborn may not be able to travel because the baby does not have a passport and the U.S. has no consular presence in Yemen to assist potential travelers with expired passports or visas.

CAIR is also urging all Americans and LPRs stranded in Yemen who are seeking assistance to email civilrights@cair.com or fill out a report from at http://www.cair.com/report/  

NEED TO CONTACT THE STATE DEPARTMENT?

If you have not already done so, please refer to the State Department U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Saudi Arabia’s announcement on “Repatriation Flights From Yemen.” There you can get the process started for seeking repatriation.

ABOUT CAIR

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 Government Affairs Department Director Robert S. McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aAjeen@cair.com

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