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CAIR Applauds Moves by Maryland Cities to Support Muslims, Immigrants, Refugees

CAIR logoAnnapolis City Council Passes ‘Non-Discrimination’ Legislation; College Park City Council Passes Anti-‘Muslim Ban’ Resolution, Supports DACA Recipients 

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/15/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded moves by two Maryland cities to support Muslim, immigrants and refugees.

College Park City Council passed a resolution Tuesday night condemning Donald Trump’s so-called “Muslim ban.” The city council voted to submit a letter in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to federal officials.

On Monday night, the Annapolis City Council voted to prevent the locality’s residents from discrimination based on their immigration status.

SEE: Annapolis City Council Passes Non-Discrimination Bill

The College Park City Council voted to support DACA and condemn Trump’s travel ban

CAIR joined local residents in submitting testimony in favor of the anti-Muslim Ban resolution at the College Park City Council hearing. After listening to testimonies, council members voted unanimously in support.

The Annapolis public hearing was packed with supporters mobilized in large part by CASA, a Latino and immigrant organization in Maryland. The “non-discrimination” bill passed with six votes. With this vote, Annapolis city officials now cannot inquire about a person’s immigration status unless required by law, nor can they deny someone services based on immigration status unless as required by law.

However, the law does not prevent the Annapolis City officials from working with federal law enforcement on immigration enforcement activities related to criminal activity.

“These victories are testimony to the fact that elected officials in these localities are committed to the safety and security of their most vulnerable residents,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry. “In the current political climate, these actions send a strong message of hope and solidarity to immigrants, refugees and Muslims.”

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, zchaudry@cair.com

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