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Video: CAIR Director Nihad Awad Joins in Introduction of Freedom of Religion Act

CAIR logoLegislation would prohibit blocking entry to U.S. based on religious identification

 (Washington, D.C., 5/11/2016) –  In response to political rhetoric vilifying select religious groups and increasingly hostile rhetoric toward religious freedom in the immigration system, a House delegation, including Reps. Don Beyer (VA),  Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Keith Ellison (MN), Joe Crowley (NY), Jan Schakowsky (IL), Mike Honda (CA), Betty McCollum (MN), André Carson (ID), introduced the Freedom of Religion Act today to prohibit the use of religious litmus tests as a means to ban immigrants, refugees, and international visitors trying to enter the United States.

VIDEO: Capitol Hill News Conference to Introduce Religious Freedom Bill

“We thank the sponsors of this bill, as it restores balance to our national conversations about both religion and immigration,” said Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). “America must uphold its ideals of religious tolerance and welcoming the stranger, or else we face a diminishing role at the table of international leadership.”

A religious based immigration or travel ban would hurt the United States and our relationships abroad. Such a proposal would deny entry to world leaders, tourists, relatives of Americans, and scientific, business, and political leaders attending meetings in the United States.

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.

If you believe your rights have been violated, you may call CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or email

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-341-4171,

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