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TODAY: CAIR to Join CASA, Allies at Vigil Outside Maryland Correctional Facility Where Some Separated Children, Parents Have Been Transported

CAIR Applauds Md. AC’s Decision to Join Lawsuit Against Trump Policy of Separating Families 

TODAY: CAIR to Join CASA, Allies at Vigil Outside Maryland Correctional Facility Where Some Separated Children, Parents Have Been Transported

(Baltimore, Md., 6/22/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today applauded Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh’s announcement that Maryland will join a multi-state lawsuit against the Trump administration seeking to reunite more than 2,200 children taken from their parents by immigration officers at the United States’ Southwest Border.

SEE: Maryland to join lawsuit against White House over migrant family crisis as policy confusion deepens

“In the context of the unethical, immoral and unconstitutional policies emerging from Washington, D.C., state level elected leaders have a special responsibility to demand justice, transparency, and accountability of the Trump administration,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “Our country is still a nation of checks and balances, and this pending lawsuit to reunify families is an example of the system at work.”

Later today, CAIR will join CASA and allies at a vigil outside a correctional facility in Glen Burnie, Maryland where separated family members including children are reportedly being detained.

WHAT: Vigil For Our Families

WHEN: (Today) Friday, June 22nd, 5 p.m.

WHERE: Ordnance Road Correctional Center, 600 E. Ordnance Road, Glen Burnie, Md. 21060

CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry,, 410-971-6062

Earlier this week, CAIR welcomed news that Maryland Governor Larry Hogan became the second Republican Governor to reject President Trump’s immoral family separation policy affecting migrant children by ordering the return of a National Guard helicopter and crew and vowing not to deploy more state resources to the border until the separations stop.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Md. Governor’s Move to Protest Family Separations, Urges Attendance at Actions Rejecting ”˜Zero Morality’ Policy

CAIR joined a rally Wednesday outside of ICE’s Baltimore office in defense of immigrant families. The civil rights organization voiced objections to facilities along the U.S. border that have been designated to detain migrant infants and children forcibly separated from their parents, and has encouraged communities across Maryland to contact lawmakers and join actions opposing the policy. 

SEE: ‘Protect the children’: Protesters rally in downtown Baltimore against separation of families at border

Attorney General Jeff Session’s “zero tolerance” policy against those crossing into the US without documentation has been sharply criticized as an unethical “zero morality policy” that has led to at least two thousand children being detained under disturbing conditions since it went into effect earlier in the year. 

Yesterday, CAIR participated in an action outside a Virginia detention facility calling for families to be reunited.  

Video: CAIR Calls for Immigrant Family Reunification Outside Va. Detention Facility

CAIR’s Houston chapters have mobilized after reports surfaced indicating that a facility in that municipality is under consideration for use as an immigration detention center for children. The owner of the former warehouse and homeless shelter was discovered to have signed a long-term lease with Southwest Key Programs, a nonprofit that runs over 25 immigration centers for children across three states including Texas. 

SEE: Houston mayor doesn’t want to ‘enable’ Trump policy by housing immigrant children

Photographic evidence shows “baby jails” in which children are locked in cages and even numbered as a form of identification.

SEE: Trump migrant separation policy: Children ‘in cages’ in Texas

Private proprietors in multiple states have been approached to operate their facilities as immigrant jails, many specifically for children. 

SEE: Big Money As Private Immigrant Jails Boom

Criticism of Trump’s policy has come from across the political spectrum, including condemnations from previous First Ladies and Trump’s own political party and family.

SEE: First Ladies Unite Against Separating Children at Border

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

The Washington-based organization’s recently-released 2018 Civil Rights Report, “Targeted,” showed a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against American Muslims from 2016 to 2017, and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in that same time period.

CAIR 2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted  

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 going to:

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 Director of MD Outreach Zainab Chaudry,, 410-971-6062


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