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CAIR-Florida joins Coalition of Florida Immigrant Rights Organizations Issuing a Statewide Florida Travel Advisory Announcement

(Miami, FL, 2/14/18) – The Florida Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida), the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today announces the release of an emergency travel advisory warning immigrants and people of color traveling to Florida of the many risks they may run into. This effort is the result of a coalition of statewide groups fearing for the safety of immigrants and people of color.

Emergency Travel Advisory Issued for the State of Florida:

Immigrants across Florida feel more threatened than ever before, with attacks on the national level being amplified by local anti-immigrant policies and corporations that refuse to protect their customers. In response, CAIR-Florida, the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC), Mi Familia Vota, QLatinx, Latino Justice PRLDEF, Central Florida Jobs With Justice, Orange County Classroom Teachers Association, Florida Student Power Network, Organize Florida, Dream Defenders, New Florida Majority, Iniciativa Accion Puertorriquena, Interfaith Council of Central FL, Faith in Florida, Alianza Americas, SEIU Florida, Miami Worker’s Center, Women’s March of West Palm Beach, United We Dream, and the Advancement Project have released an Emergency Travel Advisory for the State of Florida. Major actions will be happening statewide on Wednesday, February 14th, in conjunction with the release of the Emergency Travel Advisory.

SEE HERE: Emergency Travel Advisory (English)

Emergency Travel Advisory (Spanish)

In January, sheriffs from 17 Florida counties announced plans to work more closely than ever with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to target immigrants for deportation. But even before this new deportation scheme, Florida already had a dramatic spike in the number of ICE arrests, the highest in the country, and videos of a Jamaican grandmother being profiled and detained on a Greyhound bus and a man from Trinidad being dragged away from a bus in handcuffs have been viewed by millions of people across the world. In light of these facts, all immigrants are urged to reconsider visiting Florida and especially recommended to avoid high risk areas, including ports, airports and Greyhound stations. While a boycott is not being recommended at this time, travelers to Florida are being asked to use discretion, understand their risks and seek legal advice. 

“CAIR-Florida continues to fight to protect immigrants across the state of Florida as the anti-immigrant policies increases and their safety and security is compromised with each passing day. Despite the heightened rise in the number of ICE arrests, sheriffs from 17 Florida counties announced plans to work even closer with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to target immigrants for deportation. We urge and encourage travelers to the state to use caution and seek prior legal advise”, said Wilfredo Ruiz, CAIR-Florida’s Communications Director.

List of Statewide Actions:


WHEN: February 14, 11 AM

WHERE: Caribbean Sunshine Bakery, 2528 W Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32804


WHEN: February 14, 11 AM

WHERE: Hillsborough County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602


WHEN: February 14, 12 PM

WHERE: Greyhound Station, 205 South Tamarind Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401


WHEN: February 14, 5:30 PM

WHERE: Greyhound Station, 515 NE 3rd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


WHEN: February 14, 11 AM

WHERE: Miami Torch of Friendship, 401 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

CAIR-Florida is the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR-Florida 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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CAIR-Florida’s Communications Director, Wilfredo A. Ruiz,, 305.502.6749

CAIR-Florida’s Central Florida Director, Rasha Mubarak,, 407.490.9407

CAIR-Florida’s Interfaith & Youth Coordinator, Aida Mackic,, 515.745.5142

CAIR-Florida’s Civil Rights Attorney, Omar Saleh,, 305.809.6170


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