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Nihad Awad: We Won The Battle, But The Fight Is Not Over

It’s official. This week, we won our fight to end the Muslim Ban.    

Just hours after taking the oath of office, President Biden fulfilled the pledgehe made to CAIR and other American Muslims by repealing Donald Trump’s discriminatory and destructive Muslim and African bans.   

This historic victory marks the end of a struggle that began four years ago, on Jan. 27, 2017.   

Just hours after President Trump implemented the first Muslim Ban, CAIR announced the filing of Linda Sarsour v. Donald Trump, the very first lawsuit against the illegal and unconstitutional policy. CAIR also helped organize massive protests against the Muslim Ban at airports around the nation.   

By fighting against the Muslim Ban in the court of law and the court of public opinion alongside activists inside and outside the Muslim community, we helped to block the first version of the ban and forced the Trump Administration to limit the scope of future versions.   

When the Supreme Court later approved a version of the Ban that still caused significant harm to families, students, workers, and travelers, CAIR did not give up.   

Instead, CAIR turned to the legislative and political arenas to pursue change. We helped to secure House passage of the NO BAN Act, which could prevent any future president from implementing a Muslim Ban if passed by the Senate. We also ensured that presidential and congressional candidates understood the impact of the Ban and the importance of its repeal.   

After Joe Biden won the presidential election, CAIR worked to ensure that the new president fulfilled his pledge to immediately repeal the Ban, which he did. Alhamdulillah.  

Although our entire community should celebrate this historic moment, we must not become complacent.    

Repealing the Muslim Ban is not enough. It was just the first step. Anti-Muslim discrimination did not begin with Donald Trump’s presidency, and it did not automatically end now that he is out of office.   

CAIR must now work to ensure that the Biden Administration and Congress confront other policies that single out and harm American Muslims, including the so-called terror watchlist, the no-fly list, and loopholes that permit racial and religious profiling.   Just as the Muslim Ban was not defeated overnight, these victories take time and resources to achieve. We need your help to win more important victories over the next four years.  

We must continue to advance our major lawsuits against the no-fly list and the watchlist while we simultaneously work behind-the-scenes with the new administration to make positive change. 
Remember, CAIR is a tax-deductible and zakat-eligible organization (Tax ID: 77-0646756). Monthly donations help us the most.   Please make a donation of $10,000, $5,000, $500, $250, $100, $50, $25 or whatever you can to help us advocate for you in the media, the courts, and even the White House.  

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We thank you for your support over the past four years. With your backing, CAIR and the community emerged from the era of Donald Trump stronger, alhamdulillah.  
Now we must use our strength to advance positive change and stand up for what’s right, no matter who serves as president. 

Thank you again for your support. CAIR will be here to protect our community with your help, insha Allah.

With thanks,

Nihad Awad
National Executive Director
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
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