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CAIR-Florida to Hold News Conference with Muslim Citizen on No-Fly List Allowed to Re-Enter U.S.

(MIAMI, FL, 2/26/17) – On Tuesday, February 27, the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida) will hold a news conference to announce the successful return to Florida of Hashem Nader Sehwail after he was placed on a “no-fly list” preventing him from returning to Florida after visiting Jordan.

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WHAT: CAIR-Florida News Conference with ‘No-Fly List’ Case Plaintiff Hashem Nader Sehwail

WHEN: Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 at 1:30PM. 

WHERE: CAIR-Florida; 9000 NW 44th Str. Suite #200, Sunrise, FL 33351


CAIR-Florida Communications Director, Wilfredo A. Ruiz,, 305.502.6749; 

CAIR-Florida Civil Rights Attorney Omar Saleh,, 954.272.0490, Ext. 140 

In January 2018, CAIR filed a lawsuit on behalf of Mr. Sehwail, a U.S. citizen, naming as defendants multiple U.S. Government agencies including the FBI, TSA, DHS, the National Counterterrorism Center, and US Customs and Immigration Services. This case is the second one reported of a Muslim-American citizen from Florida who was placed on the no-fly list in the past seven months.

CAIR-Florida attorney Omar Saleh said, “Our federal government is taking Americans who have never been charged with or convicted of a single crime, let alone never being suspected of committing a terrorist act, and arbitrarily putting them on a no-fly list for no other reason than the fact that they are Muslim. Our client was born here and it has taken him almost three months to get home from abroad because of his no-fly list placement. There’s no legal reason for it and that’s why we are now in litigation on another no-fly case.”

CAIR-Florida will be holding a press conference with plaintiff and his legal representative, Omar Saleh from CAIR-Florida. Saleh is one of four other CAIR attorneys representing Sehwail: Thania Clevenger, CAIR-Florida Civil Rights Director, Gadier Abbas, Lena Masri, and Ahmed Mohamed from the CAIR National Legal Defense Fund. 

SEE Related No-Fly List Coverage: 

Jacksonville Man Files Federal Lawsuit Challenging National No-Fly List

Jacksonville man sues over being placed on no-fly list

CAIR Calls No-Fly Policy Change a ‘Step in the Right Direction’

CAIR Welcomes Ruling that No-Fly List Appeals Process is Unconstitutional

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