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CAIR Welcomes Md. Governor’s Move to Protest Family Separations, Urges Attendance at Actions Rejecting ‘Zero Morality’ Policy

(BALTIMORE, MD, 6/20/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed news that Maryland Governor Larry Hogan became the second Republican governor to reject President Trump’s immoral family separation policy affecting migrant children by ordering the return of a National Guard helicopter and crew and vowing not to deploy more state resources to the border until the separations stop.

SEE: Md., Va. governors pull Guard troops from border to protest separations

AP: Toddlers, babies held in ‘tender age’ facilities after separated from families

Later today, CAIR will be joining a rally outside of ICE’s Baltimore office in defense of immigrant families. 

SEE: Baltimore Rally in Defense of Immigrant Families

The civil rights organization voiced objections to facilities along the U.S. border that have been designated to detain migrant infants and children forcibly separated from their parents and has encouraged communities across Maryland to contact lawmakers and join actions opposing the policy. 

Attorney General Jeff Session’s “zero tolerance” policy against those crossing into the US without documentation has been sharply criticized as an unethical “zero morality policy” that has led to at least two thousand children being detained under disturbing conditions since it went into effect earlier in the year. 

CAIR’s Houston chapter today expressed solidarity with Mayor Sylvester Turner who is rejecting Child Immigration Detention Centers, or “baby jails,” in that city that would house children taken from their families at the border. 

SEE: CAIR-Houston Joins Mayor Turner in Rejecting Trump’s ”˜Baby Jails,’ Urges Turn-Out at Family Separation Protest

Criticism of Trump’s policy has come from across the political spectrum, including condemnations from previous First Ladies and Trump’s own political party and family.

SEE: First Ladies Unite Against Separating Children at Border

CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

The Washington-based organization’s recently-released 2018 Civil Rights Report, “Targeted,” showed a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against American Muslims from 2016 to 2017, and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in that same time period.

CAIR 2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted  

Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by going to:

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR Director of MD Outreach Zainab Chaudry,, 410-971-6062


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