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Hearing Wednesday on CAIR-MI Lawsuit Seeking Evacuation of Americans Stranded in Yemen

CAIR MI logo(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 6/2/2015) – On Wednesday, June 3, Federal District Court Judge Sean F. Cox will hear arguments in a lawsuit filed by the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) seeking the emergency evacuation of Americans stranded in Yemen.  The lawsuit was filed on April 9 in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit on behalf of 37 Americans, including 23 children.

WHAT:  Hearing on CAIR-MI Lawsuit Seeking Emergency Evacuation of Americans Stranded in Yemen
WHERE:  United States District Court, Theodore Levin Courthouse, 231 W. Lafayette Boulevard, Room 252, Detroit, MI
WHEN:  Wednesday, June 3, 10 a.m.
CONTACT: CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, lmasri@cair.com; CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, dwalid@cair.com

CAIR representatives will be available for questions afterwards.

The government has asked the court to dismiss the case, arguing that the district court does not have the authority to order an evacuation.

On May 15, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted an amendment calling on President Obama to evacuate American citizens and nationals trapped in Yemen as part of a larger annual defense spending bill that was approved by the House and sent to the Senate where it now awaits consideration.
Amendment 103 to the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1735), which was sponsored by two Michigan Representatives, Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and John Conyers (D-MI), was passed by voice vote.

“It is deplorable that the Obama administration has refused to protect and evacuate Americans whose lives are in immediate danger as a result of the ongoing crisis,†said CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena Masri.  “We are hopeful that the court will order an evacuation and provide relief to so many Americans that have been abandoned our government.â€

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, lmasri@cair.com; CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, dwalid@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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