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CAIR Welcomes Judge’s Decision to Temporarily Resume DACA Program Protecting Dreamers

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/10/2018) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed a federal judge’s nationwide injunction to temporarily block President Trump’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that safeguards from deportation some 800,000 undocumented young people, known as “dreamers,” brought to the United States as children.

SEE: Washington Post: DACA injunction: What a federal judge’s ruling means for ”˜dreamers’

CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, applauded U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup for the Northern District of California, who ordered the Trump administration to “maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis” as the University of California’s legal challenge to the White House’s decision to terminate the program proceeds.

In September, CAIR condemned President Trump’s termination of the Obama-era federal administrative deportation relief program as “pandering to the demands of anti-immigrant extremists.”

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

The American Muslim community and CAIR welcome this ruling and stand with the 800,000 undocumented young people who were brought to our nation as children.

“As with the Muslim Ban, President Trump’s termination of DACA was driven by the demands of anti-immigrant extremists.

“Dreamers are some of the most dynamic and success-oriented members of our society, and terminating the program has only created fear and anxiety for them and their loved ones. Ending DACA will force many of them back to living in the shadows, rendering them unable to contribute to our nation’s social fabric and economy.

“American Muslims will continue to push for measures that protect undocumented youth and support comprehensive immigration reform — reform that includes a roadmap to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented residents.”

CAIR is calling on all Americans to urge their members of Congress to support the Dream Act of 2017, and other legislation that will reinstate the DACA program.


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 Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, 


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