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CAIR Says DOJ/DHS Report on Terror Smears Immigrants, Ignores White Supremacist Violence

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/16/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today said a new Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report on international terrorism-related charges in U.S. federal courts between 2001 and 2016 serves to smear all immigrants and ignores the troubling phenomenon of violence committed by white supremacists and other non-immigrants.

CAIR said the report was required by one of President Trump’s executive orders.

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In a statement, CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said:

“This agenda-driven report is clearly designed to support the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant and Islamophobic policies. It ignores violence committed by white supremacists and other non-immigrants, and instead seeks to tar all immigrants with the brush of terrorism. As President Trump’s long history of racist and anti-immigrant statements and policy proposals have demonstrated, administration policies must be viewed through the lens of the Islamophobia, racism and white supremacy that are the main motivating factors for such policies.”

A report from the Cato Institute indicated that more than three times as many people were killed in terror attacks by native-born Americans than foreign-born attackers between the 9/11 attacks and the end of 2015.

That report stated: “From September 12, 2001, until December 31, 2015, 24 people were murdered on U.S. soil by a total of 5 foreign-born terrorists, while 65 other foreign-born terrorists attempted or committed attacks that did not result in fatalities. During the same period, 80 people were murdered in terrorist attacks committed by native-born Americans and those with unknown nationalities.”

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The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at:

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 Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, 


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