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CAIR-Oregon Applauds Senator Merkley for Comments on Trump’s Muslim Ban

(PORTLAND, OREGON, 9/26/17) — The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) today applauded Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) for his statement condemning the latest iteration of President Trump’s Muslim ban.

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Sen. Merkley said in part:

Don’t be fooled by Trump’s weak attempts to bury criticism that his ban is discriminatory and unjust. While he may have changed the fine print, make no mistake: This ban is still a smokescreen for the same kind of discrimination we saw in the original Muslim Ban. Just like the old ban, the new ban threatens our core values as a nation of immigrants, doesn’t make us any safer, and will tear families apart.”

SEE: Senator Merkley Statement on Muslim Ban

Since the announcement of the new ban, CAIR has been working to inform impacted communities and has been providing them with resources to assist them.

CAIR Community Advisory: What You Should Know About Muslim Ban 3.0

“This latest action by the Trump administration is yet again being brought against already marginalized Muslim communities,” said CAIR-Oregon’s Spokesperson Zakir Khan.

Khan added, “Regardless, of how many bans the administration attempts to employ, we will stand against them both in the courts and in the streets. Immigrants, tourists and students are welcome here and we will continue to fight for their presence in America. That presence enriches all of our lives.” 

Khan also added, “If you are impacted by this new ban, feel free to contact us and we will connect you to the proper resources.”

CAIR said the new order places restrictions on travel to the United States from eight countries and comes as the previous ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries was set expire over the weekend.

Trump kept restrictions on five of the six Muslim-majority nations – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen – and added new restrictions on visitors from Chad, North Korea and Venezuela.

SEE: Trump Administration Announces New Travel Ban

On Monday, CAIR said the latest version of President Trump’s Muslim ban executive order is just one part of the administration’s “ugly white supremacist agenda.”

SEECAIR Says Trump”˜s New Muslim Ban Order is Part of ”˜Ugly White Supremacist Agenda’

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-Oregon Spokesperson Zakir Khan, 626-502-8450,


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