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GOOD NEWS ALERT: CAIR’s Intervention Allows U.S. Citizen on Government’s ‘No-Fly’ List to Return Home

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/4/18) – Following CAIR’s intervention, an American citizen placed on the “no-fly” list by the U.S. government was able to return to the United States from “extrajudicial exile” in the Middle East.

Extrajudicial exile occurs when an American citizen travels overseas to visit family, for work or for tourism and — after that person lands in a foreign country — the federal government puts him or her on the no-fly list. Placement on that list is only discovered when that American citizen attempts to fly home.  

“Through lawsuits, public pressure and an unwavering commitment to protect the rights of American Muslims, CAIR has — alhamdulillah — been able to ensure that dozens of those placed on the no-fly list are able to return to their homes,” said CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas. “CAIR stands ready to fight for all Americans whose rights have been violated.”

He said CAIR has filed multiple challenges to the government’s watchlisting system, along with multiple lawsuits to allow Americans who are subject to the system’s flight ban return to the United States.

VIDEO: CAIR Announces Filing of Broad Challenge to Watchlisting System

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

The Washington-based civil rights organization recently released an update on anti-Muslim incidents nationwide in the second quarter (April-June) of 2018 indicating that anti-Muslim bias incidents and hate crimes are up 83 and 21 percent respectively, as compared to the first quarter of 2018.

SEE: CAIR Report: Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents, Hate Crimes Spike in Second Quarter of 2018

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 filing a report at:   

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 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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