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CAIR-MI: Groups Express Concern Over ‘Illegal Immigrant’ Game

CAIR-MI: COMMUNITY GROUPS EXPRESS OUTRAGE AND CONCERN OVER “ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT” GAME AT U OF M CAMPUS

METRO DETROIT, Mich. – October 12, 2006 – Community and student groups held a “Pray for Inclusion” event today at 3:30 p.m. at University of Michigan’s campus, in support of organizing constructive dialogue around immigration reform rather than holding discriminatory and potentially dangerous “games” which target and capture human beings.

The groups from Southeastern Michigan joined together to Pray for Inclusion which encouraged support for tolerance and humanity. “We are pleased that various community and student organizations plan to pray for inclusion and respect for our common humanity in contrast to those such as the YAF who seek to further polarize our state during this election season,” said CAIR-MI executive director Dawud Walid.

“We reject YAF’s explanation that this event was meant to ‘promote discussion’”, said ACCESS President Noel Saleh. “Discussion is not promoted when one side demeans and dehumanizes another human being.”

The “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” game organized by Young Americans for Freedom has been condemned by the Republican National Convention and the College Republican National Committee who has rejected any connection with the event. Democratic National Party Chair Howard Dean has called the game “divisive, desperate and inappropriate.”

“I am proud that so many members of diverse communities came today to support and pray for inclusion of immigrants who have sustained and continue to sustain this country,” said Edith Castillo, Executive Director of Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development. “We should build tolerance and an understanding for our immigrant community and for immigration reform instead of supporting and encouraging games and activities that breed intolerance and hatred.”

The group announced plans to follow up on an organizational sign-on letter sent to University of Michigan’s Board of Regents and President Sue Coleman asking her to create a plan to ensure that measures are taken to deal with the negative impact that this activity will have on its student body and surrounding communities.

CONTACT: Dawud Walid, Tel: 248-569-2203, Email: director@cairmichigan.org

 

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