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CAIR Welcomes Hawaii Muslim Ban ‘Grandma’ Ruling

CAIR National logo(WASHINGTON, DC, 7/14/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed a Hawaii district judge’s ruling that grandparents, uncles, aunts and other relatives count as “bona fide” relations for purposes of entry into the United States.

In its attempt to enforce its Muslim ban executive orders, the Trump administration’s definition of what constitutes a close family relationship had excluded such relatives. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson said the administration’s narrow definition of family “represents the antithesis of common sense.”

SEE: Grandparents Win Reprieve From Trump Travel Ban in Federal Court

“Although we applaud this ruling, we must remain vigilant. The general Muslim Ban remains in place, as does the Trump administration’s clear animus toward the Islamic faith,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “We are glad to see that this court has injected some basic reason into our discussion of family.”

CAIR documented a rise in state-discrimination in the first few months of the Trump administration, primarily related to efforts to enforce the Muslim ban.

SEE: Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents 2017 Quarter One Update

CAIR has previously questioned the visa decisions such as initially denying a group of Afghan girls the opportunity to participate in a robotics contest.

SEE: CAIR Questions Denial of Visas for Afghan, Gambian DC Robotics Contest Teams

CAIR also decried the Trump administration’s new Muslim ban guidelines as a violation of a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. CAIR’s statement came after that court allowed the administration to reinstate parts of the Muslim ban while the court considers whether the executive order is constitutional.

SEE: CAIR Says SCOTUS ”˜Muslim Ban’ Decision Ignores Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Emboldens Islamophobes in Trump Administration

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:  

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 Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784,; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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