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Dozens of American Muslim Groups Call on President Biden to Cancel Student Debt, Establish Interest-Free Student Loans 

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/8/22) – Dozens of American Muslim organizations today called on President Biden to use his executive authority to both forgive a significant amount of student loan debt and establish interest-free loans for the benefit of all Americans. 

[ADVISORY: On Wednesday, February 9, at 3 PM ET, signatories plan to host a virtual briefing to discuss the letter and Muslim community perspectives on the student loan debt crisis.  

WHAT: Virtual Muslim Community Discussion on Solving National Student Debt 

WHEN: Wednesday, February 9, at 3:00 PM ET 

WHERE: CAIR’s National Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/cairnational  

CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com]

In a letter sent to Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona last week, 32 Muslim organizations noted that the nation’s student debt crisis poses a major challenge for American workers and students, including American Muslims. The letter was initiated by A Continuous Charity (ACC), CAIR, the Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF), and the National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML). 

READ LETTER & FACT SHEET: Muslim Community Letter to Biden Admin Calling for “Principled Loans” For All

Every year, thousands of Muslims students who are interested in attending college or graduate school feel that they must choose between their faith and their education because Islam–like some other faith traditions–condemn interest-based debt as destructive and immoral.

Nearly one-third of all American students go into debt to pay for their college and Americans collectively owe nearly $1.6 trillion in student loan debt. That number is projected to grow to $2 trillion by 2024 and $3 trillion by 2038. Heavy student loan debt is causing younger graduating Americans to delay purchasing homes and starting families.  

In a statement, CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said: 

“We join widespread calls for President Biden to take bold action to address the student loan debt crisis. Interest-based debt is a major burden on the American economy and the American people, trapping students in cascading debt that – in many circumstances – becomes impractical to pay back.   

“In addition to extending the moratorium on repayment and canceling a significant amount of existing debt, President Biden should use his executive authority to establish principal-only loans in order to ensure that future students can pursue higher education without incurring burdensome debt or violating their religious values.” 

READ LETTER & FACT SHEET: Muslim Community Letter to Biden Admin Calling for “Principled Loans” For All   

Letter co-signers include:  

  • A Continuous Charity Foundation (ACC) 
  • ACCESS of WNY 
  • American Muslim Bar Association 
  • American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) 
  • Arab American Association of New York 
  • Arizona Cultural Academy; Arizona Muslim Alliance (AMA) 
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) 
  • Foda Law Group LLC 
  • Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD) 
  • ICNA Council for Social Justice 
  • Islamic Association of North America (IANA)
  • Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF)  
  • Islamic Shura Council of Southern California 
  • Islamophobia Studies Center 
  • Libyan American Alliance 
  • Majlis Ash-Shura: Islamic Leadership Council of New York 
  • MSA West 
  • Muslim American Society (MAS) 
  • Muslim Community Network 
  • Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) 
  • National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML)  
  • New York Immigration Coalition 
  • Northeast Refinishing Group 
  • Secure Justice 
  • Support Life Foundation 
  • Together We Serve  
  • Women Watch Afrika 
  • U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations   

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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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com   

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