(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/14/17) – Later today, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will join CASA – a Latino and immigrant organization – and community partners to condemn an open-air U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid that took place recently in Baltimore’s Highlandtown neighborhood.
The raid appeared to specifically target Latino individuals who were selected based on their appearance.
WHO: CAIR, CASA, Community Partners, Elected Officials
WHAT: Press Conference to Condemn Open-Air Immigration Raids in Baltimore’s Highlandtown Neighborhood
WHERE: 4020 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224
WHEN: Tuesday, February 14, 6 p.m.
“Maryland’s Muslim communities stand in solidarity with our Latino brothers and sisters and people of all backgrounds who are being targeted with discriminatory, unconstitutional measures,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry. “We are committed to justice for all communities whose rights are being systematically violated. These raids traumatize innocent people and do nothing to keep our state or country safer.”
“As an organization that defends and protects immigrants and people of color we will not stand for unconstitutional attacks on our community,” said CASA’s Executive Director Gustavo Torres in a statement.
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: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html
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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.