(Westminster, MD, 7/15/2014) — The Maryland Outreach Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned anti-immigrant graffiti that was spray-painted on the wall of a former Army Reserve facility in Westminster, Md.
The building had recently been considered by the federal government as a location to temporarily house undocumented immigrant children. That consideration was dropped on Saturday after the local county board of commissioners had an emergency meeting on Friday to express opposition to that use for the facility. The anti-immigrant message was found on the building Sunday morning.
Scrawled in large black letters, the message states: “No illeagles here. No undocumented Democrats.” The Maryland State Police department is investigating the graffiti as a hate crime.
SEE: Maryland State Police investigates 'No illeagles here' graffiti as a hate crime (Wash. Post)
SEE ALSO: Police investigating anti-immigrant graffiti as hate crime (Carroll County Times)
“Our country is a nation of immigrants,” said CAIR's Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry. “We're relieved that authorities have opened a criminal investigation and are taking necessary steps to ensure that whoever is responsible for this disturbing incident is brought to justice.”
Anyone with any information related to this crime is being asked to call the Maryland State Police at (410) 386-3000.
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 Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com