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CAIR Condemns Trump’s New White Supremacist and Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric, Slashing of Refugee Admissions

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/1/20) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned both President Trump’s latest white supremacist and anti-immigrant rhetoric, and a decision to slash refugee admissions to a historic low. 

At a rally last night in Duluth, Minn., Trump claimed, “Biden will turn Minnesota into a refugee camp. . .overwhelming public resources, overcrowding schools, and inundating your hospitals, you know that. It’s already there. It’s a disgrace what they’ve done to your state. It’s a disgrace.” 

Trump repeated his racist attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), claiming “she tells us how to run our country. Can you believe it? How the hell did Minnesota elect her? What the hell is wrong with you people, right?” 

Video: Trump Again Spews Racist, Anti-Somali, Anti-Immigrant Taunts at Minnesota Campaign Rally  

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In a statement issued last night, the State Department said the United States will accept only 15,000 refugees into the county this fiscal year, a record low. That new refugee ceiling is 3,000 lower than the 2020 cap. Trump has slashed the annual refugee cap since taking office. 

SEE: Trump Administration Slashes Refugee Cap to New Record Low of 15,000

In a statement, CAIR Government Affairs Department Director Robert S. McCaw said:  

“The Trump administration’s clear white supremacist, Islamophobic and anti-immigrant agenda has been translated into a myriad of racist and xenophobic policies like the Muslim ban and the unending effort to bar entry to people of color. This latest effort to target those seeking refuge in our nation is just part of the ongoing Trump administration effort to maintain systemic anti-Black racism and white supremacy.”  

He noted that Trump’s racist rhetoric comes as reports indicate that an Illinois-based white supremacist group linked to a mosque bombing in Minnesota had stockpiled guns and explosives to wage a revolution against the federal government. 

Michael Hari is due to go on trial in connection to the bombing of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn., in 2017. 

SEE: White Supremacist Group Linked to Mosque Bombing Planned Violent Revolution Against Government

Earlier this week, CAIR condemned Trump’s call for a notorious white supremacist and anti-Muslim group to “stand by” for the upcoming elections.  

SEE: CAIR Condemns Trump’s Call for White Supremacist, Islamophobic Group Proud Boys to ‘Stand By’  

Last week, CAIR condemned a “racist and xenophobic” national origin-based attack targeting Omar in which he claimed that one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress is not part of “our country.”  

Earlier this year, Trump launched a similar racist attack on Rep. Omar by falsely claiming she would want “to make the government of our country just like the country from where she came, Somalia: no government, no safety, no police, no nothing — just anarchy” adding “and now she’s telling us how to run our country.” Trump concluded the racist diatribe with, “No, thank you.” 

SEE: CAIR Condemns Trump’s Racist Attack on Muslim Congresswoman, Use of Anti-Asian ‘Kung Flu’ Term, Defense of Confederate ‘Traitors’   

In September of last year, CAIR strongly condemned President Trump for sharing a false, Islamophobic smear targeting Rep. Omar on Twitter and called on that social media company to suspend the president’s account for violating its terms of service.    

SEE: CAIR, CAIR-Minnesota Call on Twitter to Suspend Trump’s Account Over False ‘9/11’ Smear of Rep. Ilhan Omar   

CAIR-Minnesota, Community Groups to Protest Trump’s Tweet Endangering Rep. Ilhan Omar and Her Family   

Washington, D.C., based CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.   

The American Muslim community and CAIR are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.        

Video: CAIR Director Nihad Awad Speaks at Unveiling of Black Lives Matter Banner  

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 Government Affairs Department Director Robert S. McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, 

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