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CAIR-San Diego Joins Call for Accountability in Death of Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas

websitelogo(SAN DIEGO, CA, 11/10/15) – The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) yesterday joined other faith leaders, community organizations and the family of Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas at a rally for the undocumented immigrant and Santee resident who was shot with a Taser by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents in May of 2010. Hernandez-Rojas died during the incident.

For the past five years, the family and community organizations have been asking for justice for this case. Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it will not prosecute the agents involved in his death.  The DOJ cited lack of evidence to bring criminal charges for the death, despite eyewitness testimony and video.

CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi and Imam Taha Hassane from the Islamic Center of San Diego attended a rally hosted by the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC) to bring attention to the case.  SDIRC is part of the Southern Border Communities Coalition, a coalition of more than 60 organizations across the southern border, which has been fighting for the respect and dignity of Border Residents since 2011.

“It is our religious obligation to stand for those who are the victim of injustice,†said CAIR San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi. “This is yet another reason why our community must stand together to seek accountability in this case. The Muslim community will stand with the family of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas until justice is served.â€

SEE VIDEO – Muslim Community Seeking Justice for Anastasio Hernandez Rojas – CAIR SD, 2012

Some of the other organizations present at the rally were Alliance San Diego, American Friends Service Committee, ACLU, SEIU-USWW, UNITE HERE Local 30, ICWJ, United Domestic Workers, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, Operation Samahan, UURISE, Aguilas del Desierto, Alianza Comunitaria, California Immigrant Policy Center, Justice Overcoming Boundaries, MEChA SDSU, National Asian Pacific American Womens Forum -SD, Oceanside Human Rights Council, United Taxi Workers of San Diego and others

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.

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Contact: CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi, Phone: 858.278.4547, Email: hmohebi@cair.com.

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