(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/18/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned President Trump’s veto of a bill requiring the United States to withdraw armed forces from the Yemen War.
The bipartisan bill would have required the U.S. to end all American military involvement in Yemen, invoking the War Powers Act which stipulates that Congress has the authority to remove forces engaged in hostilities outside the United States without a declaration of war.
On Tuesday, Trump issued the second veto of his presidency to strike down the legislation, which lacks the votes necessary in the Senate to override the veto.
SEE: Trump Vetoes Measure to Force End to U.S. Involvement in Yemen War
“This bill would have been a huge step forward toward ending one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “By vetoing this bill, President Trump is sending a message that he cares more about preserving his executive authority than the human suffering of an entire population of people”
The war in Yemen, which began in 2015 when a coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia launched a campaign to oust Houthi rebels that had taken over the Yemeni capital, has taken the lives of more than 50,000 and displaced some 3 million people. Save the Children estimates that an additional 85,000 Yemeni children may have died from starvation or disease since the fighting began.
Earlier this year, CAIR welcomed the passage of the bill.
SEE: CAIR Welcomes Passage of Senate Bill Ending U.S. Military Involvement in Yemen
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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.