(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/31/20)Â â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), along with other civil rights organizations, today held a news conference with other Muslim, civil and human rights groups to condemn the Trump administrationâ€™s expansion of the Muslim Ban.
News conference participants included, CAIR, Amnesty International USA, the National Immigration Law Center, the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, Muslim Advocates, Emgage, and the UndocuBlack Network.
FULL VIDEO OF NEWS CONFERENCE:
Todayâ€™s expansion adds tens of millions of Muslims to the more than 100 million Muslims already banned from the United States. Monday marked the third anniversary of Trumpâ€™s first Muslim Ban executive order 13769, which was issued on January 27, 2017.
Earlier today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) held a press briefing at which senior officials announced the president signed a presidential proclamation expanding the Muslim Ban to Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.
On Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan and Nigeria, the restrictions will apply to immigrant visas — for those seeking to live or work in the U.S. permanently. For Sudan and Tanzania, the restrictions are being placed on diversity visas. Iran, Syria, Libya, Venezuela, North Korea, Yemen, and Somalia were already subject to the travel ban, and remain so.
SEE: Trump’s expanded travel ban targets Nigeria, five other countries
In prepared remarks for the news conference, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad wrote:
â€œAt its core it started as a Muslim ban and it remains a Muslim Ban. By adding on ore two non-Muslim countriesÂ is just a window dressing.
â€œThe ban will continue to separate families of color, prevent students from coming to seek education, prevent families form attending weddings and funerals, prevent patients from seeking medical care, and prevent businesspeople from conducting business in the United States.
â€œAll these people will be prevented from coming to the United States based on the way they pray and look. Thatâ€™s the ultimate goal of this administration — a racist, Islamophobic and white supremacist agenda.
â€œTrump has a lot of animus toward MuslimsÂ and Africans. People who are affected by this ban should contact CAIR for help. We will continue to fight this ban in the courts.â€
Earlier this week, CAIR and other organizations took part in a court hearing and rally in Richmond Va., challenging the Trump administration’s Muslim Ban based on its discriminatory intent.Â
Video: Full News Conference Following Muslim Ban Court Hearing in Richmond, Va.
CAIRâ€™s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.