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CAIR Condemns Threat Against Maryland City Council Over ‘Non-Citizen Vote’ Proposal

(BALTIMORE, MD, 8/9/17) – The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today condemned an email threat made against the College Park City Council that led to a police presence at the council’s Tuesday night meeting.

SEE: College Park City Council Receives Threat Over Non-Citizen Vote Proposal

The threat was a response to a proposed measure introduced by Council member Christine Nagle that, regardless of immigration status, would allow non-citizens residing in the City of College Park to vote in city elections. Non-citizens would still be barred from voting in state or national elections.

SEE: College Park, Md., Debates Whether Non-Citizens Should Be Able to Vote

College Park Debates Allowing Non-Citizens to Vote in City Elections

“Respectful discourse is the hallmark of a civilized society, and lawmakers and constituents must be allowed to discuss the merits of proposed measures without fear of retribution, harassment and intimidation,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry. “Regardless of one’s position in this debate, threatening council members over their vote risks fanning anti-immigrant sentiment, and is unjustified and inexcusable.”

Council members were expected to decide on the proposal Tuesday evening, but have now postponed the vote until next month.

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.

CASA’s mission is to create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in low-income immigrant communities.

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CONTACT: CAIR Spokesperson Dr. Zainab Chaudry,, 410-971-6062

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