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CAIR Condemns Trump’s Trashing of Legal Immigrants, Whom He Called ‘Worst of the Worst’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/15/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned President Trump’s “trashing” of legal immigrants who came to this country through the visa lottery system.

In a speech earlier today at the FBI Training Academy, the president said in part:

“They have a lottery. You pick people. Do you think the country is giving us their best people? No. What kind of a system is that? They come in by a lottery. They give us their worst people, they put them in a bin, but in his hand when he’s picking ”˜em is the really the worst of the worst. Congratulations you’re going to the United States. Okay.”

Video: President Donald Trump Trashes Legal Immigrants, Calling Them ”˜Worst of the Worst’

SEE: Donald Trump Just Compared Legal Immigrants on Diversity Visas to Trash

[NOTE: Those selected in the visa lottery go through the same vetting as any other immigrant and their countries do not ”˜pick” them to emigrate.]

In a statement, CAIR said:

“When Donald Trump uses an appearance at a law enforcement setting to trash those who came to this country through a strict legal process – calling them ”˜the worst of the worst’ — he sends the message that the status of immigrants is somehow lower than that of native-born citizens, and that law enforcement authorities should perhaps treat them differently than other Americans. This is the same racist, white supremacist message that has emboldened bigots and has resulted in an unprecedented spike in hate targeting minority and immigrant communities.”

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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