(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/22/17) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, urged the Trump Administration to refrain from issuing a new “tailored” Muslim Ban, noting that more stealthy attempts to implement that controversial executive order will be just as “unconstitutional and un-American” as the previous attempts. #NoMuslimBanEver
CAIR says that while the new Muslim ban the Trump Administration is contemplating includes more specific restrictions tailored to individual countries, the unconstitutional origin of the policy remains.
In a statement reacting to the impending announcement of the new Muslim ban, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“However it is retooled, revamped or refurbished — a Muslim ban is a Muslim ban is a Muslim ban. It remains the same rotten fruit from a poisonous tree.
“The reiteration of this unconstitutional targeting of Muslims, if adopted, would show once again that President Trump is determined to pursue divisive discriminatory policies that appeal to Islamophobic and anti-immigrant extremists, but does nothing to enhance our nation’s security.
“Our visa system already gives federal agencies extensive authority to screen, vet and exclude immigrants that actually pose a threat. These new restrictions would only divert agency resources away from activities that actually make us safer.
“Contrary to what the administration would have us believe, immigrants, refugees and Muslims, have contributed, and will continue to contribute to America’s safety and prosperity.
“Immigration is a source of strength for our nation. This anticipated policy is the latest Trump administration message to the world that the United States is not the welcoming place it aspires to be.
“If adopted, we will continue to challenge this new Muslim ban with every tool at our disposal — in the courts, at airports and border crossings, and in the public arena.”
Earlier this week, CAIR announced the filing of an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of seven American Muslims opposing the Trump administration’s original Muslim ban and urging the court to declare it unconstitutional.
READ CAIR’s Amicus Brief
In its brief, CAIR argued that the seven American Muslim citizens “have seen increased discrimination, hate speech, and threats of violence as a result of the anti-Muslim animus that underpins” the Muslim ban. [NOTE: Those listed in the amicus brief (“amici”) are represented by CAIR and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.]
That brief was the latest CAIR legal filing on the Trump administration’s efforts to implement its Muslim ban. In January, just days after Trump signed the first Muslim ban executive order, CAIR filed suit.
CAIR has also filed two amicus briefs in the Ninth Circuit.
The Washington-based civil rights organization recently launched an app to share critical ‘know your rights’ information and simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging Muslims to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
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.
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