(SANTA CLARA, CA, 6/28/2021) – The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) joined the Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Law Caucus, CUNY CLEAR, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and a dozen other civil rights and Muslim organizations in filing an amicus (friend of the court) brief with the United States District Court in Wagafe v. Biden challenging the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program (CARRP).
Civil rights and Muslim organizations are positioned to provide unique and important insights regarding the broader community impact of the CARRP, which targets immigrants from primarily Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) communities and unfairly subjects them and their families to discrimination by government officials.
The organizations argued that numerous, innocent, law-abiding AMEMSA individuals are funneled into CARRP. They included several examples of how the CARRP program uses vague standards to disproportionately classify those who are Muslim or from Muslim-majority countries as national security concerns, and more.
Harmful effects of CARRP include the reinforcement of discrimination and stigmatization of Muslims, increased encounters with law enforcement, separation from family, economic instability, the overall psychological and mental stress that arises from living in an extended state of limbo, and for some, being rejected by a country they call home.
SEE: Wagafe v. Biden Amicus Brief https://ca.cair.com/sfba/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2021/06/555-1-Amicus-Brief-CLEAR.pdf
Brittney Rezaei, CAIR-CA Immigrants’ Rights Committee Chair, said in a statement:
“The Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program has targeted AMEMSA community members for more than a decade. It should not continue in its present form due to the extremely discriminatory process and stigmatization that has delayed immigration petitions for so many since its inception.”
CAIR-CA is a chapter of CAIR, 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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