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CAIR Submits Testimony, Delivers Letters to Md. Lawmakers Advocating for Bill to Support Immigrants, Muslims

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/22/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced that it has submitted testimony – along with almost 1,000 letters from area Muslims – in support the Maryland TRUST Act, which would support immigrants and Muslims.

The legislation is intended to ensure public safety and improve public trust by preventing local and state agencies from supplying data that could potentially be used for federal registries. 

SEE: Immigration advocates in Maryland push for state law to limit Trump orders

The bill analysis states, in part:

“A government agent may not (1) use governmental funds, facilities, property, equipment, or personnel to investigate, enforce, or assist in the investigation or enforcement of any federal program requiring registration of individuals on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or national or ethnic origin; or (2) make a governmental database available to any person or entity for the purpose of immigration enforcement or investigation or enforcement of any federal program requiring registration of individuals on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, immigration status, or national or ethnic origin.”

The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee held hearings Tuesday evening to deliberate testimony. Currently, the bill – introduced by Senator Victor Ramirez of Prince George’s County – is backed by 24 State Senators and some 80 delegates. 

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 Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062zchaudry@cair.com

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