CAIR to Spot-Check CBP Treatment of Returning Hajjis
First flights arriving Thursday from yearly pilgrimage to Mecca
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/11/06) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group said today it will spot-check treatment of those returning from the recently-completed Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.
On Thursday, a team from the Civil Rights Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will interview returning “Hajjis” as they arrive on a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight to Washington, D.C. See: http://www.saudiairlines.com/
WHAT: Spot-Check of CBP Treatment of Returning Hajj Pilgrims
WHEN: Thursday, January 12, 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Washington Dulles International Airport, Dulles, Virginia
See: See: http://www.metwashairports.com/Dulles/
In December, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued a travel advisory for Muslim citizens participating in the Hajj. The advisory was prompted by concerns that American Muslim travelers returning to the United States would be singled out by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials for special security checks and fingerprinting based solely on their attendance at the annual religious event.
Last year, dozens of American Muslim citizens said they were targeted for security checks, fingerprinting and photographs based on their attendance at an Islamic conference in Canada.
CAIR also created a “Civil Rights Hotline” [202-488-8787] and a downloadable border incident report form for those who believe their constitutional rights had been violated by CBP personnel.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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: CONTACT: Arsalan Iftikhar, 202-488-8787 or 202-415-0799, E-Mail: email@example.com; Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: email@example.com