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CAIR Condemns Trump Administration Plan to Indefinitely Detain Migrant Children, Parents

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/21/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a newly-announced Trump administration plan to indefinitely detain migrant families with children.

The rule was announced today at a press conference by Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan and is expected to be challenged in federal court by immigrant rights groups because it is in contradiction to the Flores Settlement Agreement that sets basic standards for the detention and treatment of migrant children and teens.

SEE: New Trump Rule Allows Government to Detain Migrant Families Indefinitely

Last year, U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee denied President Trump’s request to extend family detention. In 2015, Gee ruled that detention of children and teens under the Flores Settlement Agreement could not exceed 20 days.

“Indefinite detention, and particularly the indefinite detention of children, must never again be allowed in our nation as it was when Japanese Americans were held during World War II. The Trump administration’s white supremacist agenda of caging and punishing migrant and refugee children and parents is immoral and un-American,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “CAIR will stand with its immigrant and human rights allies in organizing opposition to this plan and support inevitable court challenges.”

 In July, CAIR denounced reports that the Trump administration is considering cutting refugee admissions for 2020 to zero.

SEE: CAIR Decries Trump Proposal to Cut Refugee Admissions for 2020 to Zero

In February, CAIR condemned President Trump’s planned emergency declaration to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border as an “abuse of executive authority.”

CAIR Condemns Trump’s Planned Border Wall Emergency Declaration as ”˜Abuse of Executive Authority’   

In December, representatives of the California chapter of CAIR, along with other local and national faith leaders, were arrested at the San Diego-Tijuana border in an act of peaceful civil disobedience in support of asylum-seekers and immigrants.

SEE: CAIR-CA Representatives and Religious Leaders Arrested at the Border in Support of Asylum-Seekers, Immigrants

In November, CAIR condemned Trump administration rules that would have denied asylum to virtually any migrant arriving at the border and that are based on the same controversial legal justification used for Trump’s “Muslim Ban.”

SEE: CAIR Condemns Trump’s New Use of ”˜Muslim Ban’ Justification to Deny Asylum Rights

CAIR is 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.

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.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,

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