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CAIR-FL: Tampa Muslims to Offer Hosting for All Migrant Children Separated From Parents

(TAMPA, FL, 6/22/18) – On Friday, June 22, the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area (ISTBA), CAIR-Florida, and United Voices for America will hold a news conference to announce a humanitarian program to host all 2300 migrant children separated from their families by President Trump’s border policy until they are reunified with their parents. NOTE: The hosting offer will include transportation costs.

“Trump’s Executive Order does not solve the current crisis because there is no plan to reunite children already separated from their parents. This offer from the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay comes in a timely manner offering real solutions to real problems. Family separation or family camps on military bases are immoral policies that need to immediately cease. Our community is offering a safe and loving environment for minors until they reunite with their parents; this is good and necessary,” said Norma Henning, CAIR-Florida’s Immigration Attorney.

WHAT: Press Conference by Tampa Muslims to Announce Program to Host All

Migrant Children Separated from Their Parents

WHERE: Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area (ISTABA)

(7326 E. Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33617)

WHEN: Friday, June 22, 12:10 p.m.

CONTACTS: Wilfredo Ruiz,, 305.502.6749, CAIR-Florida Communications Director, Thania Clevenger-Diaz,, 305.304.2173

At its news conference to which other organizations concerned about the issue are invited, ISTBA will call on the Trump administration and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to take immediate steps to release the children into the care of Muslim host families in the Tampa Bay Area.

IMPORTANT MEDIA NOTE: The press conference will be held inside the main prayer hall, modest dress for both men and women is highly encouraged, (i.e. no shorts or sleeveless tops). No shoes are allowed in the prayer hall, guests will be asked to remove their shoes  prior to entering. TV and Radio reporters should bring hand-held microphones (not lavalier) that can be placed on or clipped to a podium. Please arrive early to allow time for parking and setup.


About CAIR-Florida / Acerca de CAIR-Florida

CAIR-Florida’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, proteger las libertades civiles, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

Media Contacts


Wilfredo A. Ruiz

Communications Director


Thania Clevenger-Diaz

Civil Rights Director


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