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CAIR Reps Meet with Lawmakers on Capitol Hill

(WASHINGTON, DC, 3/25/2010) — Representatives from a number of chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) met recently with elected officials and staffers at dozens of Capitol Hill offices in Washington, D.C., to discuss issues such as racial profiling, immigration reform and housing foreclosures.

Lawmakers were asked to re-introduce and pass the End Racial Profiling Act and to reject racial profiling because it is an ineffective law enforcement tool.

The CAIR representatives asked that any comprehensive immigration reform legislation include 1) measures that regulate wages and working conditions to protect workers from being exploited and 2) security procedures that ensure professional and effective border enforcement while respecting basic legal protections.

Elected officials were asked to support legislation that would give bankruptcy judges the ability to rework defaulted home mortgages to make them affordable. They were also asked to support the recently-created unit within the Department of Justice that will target unfair lending practices.

CAIR has published a “Civic Participation Handbook” designed to provide best practices and step-by-step guides for everything from holding voter registration drives to making the most of a meeting with elected officials.

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.
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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