(CLEVELAND, OH, 1/25/05) – Leaders of Northeast Ohio Muslim and Arab-American communities met recently with federal law enforcement officials from Michigan and Ohio to discuss ongoing civil liberties and immigration concerns.
The meeting included officials from the Department of Justice, FBI and Department of Homeland Security, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the investigation unit of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
At the meeting, Muslim leaders voiced strong opposition to the recent fingerprinting of Muslim citizens at the Canadian border.
Muslim and Arab-American groups represented at the meeting included the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent, Islamic Center of Cleveland, Beit Hanina, First Cleveland Mosque, Uqbah Mosque Foundation, and the Ohio office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OH).
CAIR-OH and local Muslim organizations also announced the formation of a
Muslim community advisory group that will meet regularly with law
enforcement agencies to discuss issues of mutual concern, as well as to be
prepared in the event of a crisis.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 30 offices and
chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding
of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American
Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:
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