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CAIR, Maryland Muslim Leaders to Respond to President Trump’s Expanded Travel Ban, Urge Impacted Maryland Families to Seek Legal Assistance

(BALTIMORE, MD, 9/25/17) — On Monday, September 25, the Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will be joined by Maryland Muslim leaders to respond to President Trump’s expanded travel ban and encourage impacted families to contact the organization’s civil rights department to seek legal assistance.

SEE: New Order Indefinitely Bars Almost All Travel From Seven Countries

WHAT: CAIR, Maryland Muslim Leaders, to Hold Press Conference Offering Reaction to President Trump’s Expanded Travel Ban

WHEN: Monday, September 25th, 7:30pm

WHERE: CAIR Maryland Office, 6120 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 2D, Baltimore, MD 21228

CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com410-971-6062

Sunday evening, the organization issued a statewide Community Advisory sharing specific details about the Executive Order being referred to by many as Muslim Ban 4.0.

“The new far-reaching proclamation is problematic and unethical for all the same reasons as its previous versions,” said CAIR’s Maryland Representative Dr. Zainab Chaudry. “These travel bans are rooted in white supremacist ideologies that have little to do with preserving national security and everything to do with anti-immigrant sentiments regarding people of color. We condemn in the strongest terms any policy or order that masks discrimination based on race, religion, or ethnicity by using language that attempts to make it legally permissible and codified into law.”

Chaudry noted that while Americans are dealing with a succession of natural disasters in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, California, and elsewhere, President Trump has been embroiled in controversy with the NFL and NBA, and pandering to his alt-right base by fixating on increasing deportations and curbing legal immigration of people of color. His latest immigration order places restrictions on travel to the United States from eight countries and was announced as the previous ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries expired Sunday.

The Trump Administration revised restrictions on five of the six Muslim-majority nations – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen – and added new restrictions on citizens of Chad, North Korea and Venezuela.

CAIR noted that according to some reports, while the new policy restricts some travel from two non-Muslim majority countries ”” North Korea and Venezuela ”” those restrictions stand to have little practical impact as few North Koreans travel to the United States, and the new restrictions on Venezuela apply only to government officials, not to the general population. 

On Friday, CAIR urged the Trump Administration to refrain from issuing a new Muslim ban, noting that more stealthy attempts to implement that controversial executive order will be just as “unconstitutional and un-American” as the previous attempts. #NoMuslimBanEver

SEE: CAIR Urges Trump Administration Not to Issue New Muslim Ban

Last week, CAIR announced the filing of an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of seven American Muslims opposing the Trump administration’s original Muslim ban and urging the court to declare it unconstitutional.

READ CAIR’s Amicus Brief In its brief, CAIR argued that the seven American Muslim citizens, including CAIR Georgia outreach director Asma Elhuni, “have seen increased discrimination, hate speech, and threats of violence as a result of the anti-Muslim animus that underpins” the Muslim ban.

[NOTE: Those listed in the amicus brief (“amici”) are represented by CAIR and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.]

The Washington-based civil rights organization recently launched an app to share critical ‘know your rights’ information and simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging Muslims to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered. For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here:  

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 Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com410-971-6062


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