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CAIR Praises House Passage of Anti-Hate Crimes Bill

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/30/2009) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed the US House of Representatives’ passage of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009.

CAIR has supported the act since 2005 and praised its previous passage by the House in 2007. The Senate now must consider the bill.

If passed by the Senate and signed by the president, the law would allow the Attorney General to provide federal assistance to local law enforcement to aid investigations of crimes motivated by “prejudice based on the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin” of the victim.

To see how your elected representative voted, go here.

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.

CONTACT: CAIR National Legislative Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857, E-Mail: csaylor@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787 or 202-341-4171, E-Mail: arubin@cair.com

 

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