CAIR Urges SCOTUS to Support Dreamers as DACA Program Case Heard Today

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/12/19) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on the U.S. Supreme Court to oppose President Trump’s attempt to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which safeguards from deportation more than 600,000 undocumented young people -- known as “dreamers” -- brought to the United States as children.

This morning, the Supreme Court head 80 minutes of oral arguments between Trump administration Solicitor General of the U.S. Noel Francisco and California Solicitor General Michael Mongan, who represents state and local government’s challenging Trump’s attempt to dismantle DACA. The court's ruling is expected to be handed down until next spring or summer.

SEE: Politico: DACA finally lands in Supreme Court after Trump's yearslong battle
https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/12/daca-supreme-court-trump-battle-over-dreamers-069801

In a statement released by CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization:

“The American Muslims community stands with the more than 600,000 undocumented young people who were brought to our nation as children. As with the Muslim Ban, President Trump’s attempt to terminate DACA is driven by the demands of anti-immigrant extremists.

“The U.S. Supreme Court must stand with the Dreamers, some of the most dynamic and success-oriented members of our society.

“The court should reject Trump’s use of the threat to end DACA as a bargaining chip to extract immigration concessions from Congress.

“President Trump should also be repudiated by all Americans for tweeting that Dreamers are ‘tough, hardened criminals.’ Terminating DACA would not only create fear and anxiety for dreamers and their loved ones but massively disrupt our nation’s economy and educational systems. 

“Without DACA, countless young Americans would be forced back to living in the shadows, rendering them unable to contribute to our nation’s social fabric and economy.

“American Muslims will continue to push for measures that protect undocumented youth and support comprehensive immigration reform that includes a roadmap to citizenship for the nation's 12 million undocumented residents.” 

In 2018, CAIR welcomed the Supreme Court issuing a temporary nationwide injunction denying the Trump administration’s attempt end DACA in response to the University of California’s legal challenge. 

SEE: CAIR Applauds Supreme Court’s Decision to Deny Trump Administration’s DACA Appeal

https://www.cair.com/cair_applauds_supreme_court_s_decision_to_deny_trump_administration_s_daca_appeal

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com


CAIR-Minnesota Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Attack on Minneapolis Mosque

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 11/12/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, and its Minnesota chapter (CAIR-Minnesota) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for an attack Sunday on a Minneapolis mosque.

Surveillance video at Salaam Mosque in Northeast Minneapolis shows an individual smashing a glass door in the mosque. (Minneapolis Police Case Number 1933724). CAIR-Minnesota has reported the attack to the FBI.

Video: Vandalism Attack on Minneapolis Mosque

https://youtu.be/UauvM29oVNE

“Given the rise in anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and white supremacist rhetoric and hate incidents in Minnesota and nationwide, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this attack,” said CAIR-Minnesota Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.

Hussein added that just last week, CAIR-Minnesota called for a hate crime investigation of an alleged bias-motivated attack targeting a Muslim DoorDash driver in Excelsior, Minn.

Video: CAIR-Minnesota Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Attack on Muslim DoorDash Driver

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_Fs5qEzs_I   

He noted that earlier this year, two men pleaded guilty in federal court to bombing a Minnesota mosque.

SEE: Militia Members Plead Guilty To 2017 Minnesota Mosque Bombing

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/24/688402478/militia-members-plead-guilty-to-2017-minnesota-mosque-bombing

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Anti-Semitic, White Supremacist, Anti-Immigrant Incidents in Colorado, Tennessee, Wisconsin

https://www.cair.com/cair_condemns_anti_semitic_white_supremacist_anti_immigrant_incidents_in_colorado_tennessee_wisconsin  

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-206-3360, CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770, aajeen@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

 


CAIR-MI to Announce Civil Rights Complaint Against Henry Ford Community College Over Prof’s Islamophobic Rant

(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 11/11/19)- On Tuesday, November 12, The Michigan chapter of Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) will hold a press conference to announce the filing of a Michigan Department of Civil Rights Complaint on behalf of a Muslim student against Henry Ford Community College for the lack of action taken against a professor who subjected the student to an Islamophobic rant in front of other students.

A Muslim honor roll student was publicly accused by his professor of supporting terrorism because of his Lebanese Muslim heritage, and was made to defend his identity as an American citizen while other students looked on. The professor made comments about Arab-Americans living in Dearborn being radicalized and on the government watch list and further threatened to call law enforcement on the student because he was Lebanese. 

WHEN: Tuesday, November 12, 10 a.m.

WHERE: CAIR- MI Office 30201 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 260, Farmington Hills, MI 48334

CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid; CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Amy V. Doukoure; and CAIR-MI Client

The Michigan-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

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 Unido

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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid (248) 842-1418 dwalid@cair.com; CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Amy V. Doukoure (586) 943-8823

 


GOOD NEWS ALERT: CAIR’s 25th Anniversary Gala in Washington D.C., is Sold Out, Instructions for Attendees

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/8/19) – CAIR’s 25th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, November 9, at the Grand Hyatt (1000 H St., NW) in Washington, D.C., is sold out. No tickets will be sold at the door. 

REMINDER: The gala is being held at a different hotel than in past years.

[IMPORTANT NOTE: Gala ticket-holders are encouraged to arrive by 5:30 p.m. to clear security and check in. Please bring a valid photo ID for registration. Guests will need to pass through security, and anyone who leaves the secured area will need to be re-screened. Pre-registration is required for babysitting. Hotel Address: Grand Hyatt, 1000 H St. NWWashington D.C., 20001]

“We ask anyone who cannot attend the gala to donate so that CAIR has the resources necessary to challenge Islamophobia, to defend civil rights and to promote political engagement by the Muslim community,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

Awad urged those who wish to support CAIR’s work to donate through its website: https://www.cair.com/donate 

Important Gala Information: 

Babysitting 

No children under 13 are permitted in the hall. Babysitting is required for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 cannot be accommodated in the hall or at babysitting. Babysitting is $35 per child.

Parking

Early arrival is strongly encouraged. Parking is available in the attached hotel parking garage at the intersection of 10th and H St NW. The night of the event self-parking will be available at the discount rate of $35 per car. Spaces are limited. Parking is first-come-first-served. Additional parking is available at the City Center Garage for $12 per car. The City Center Garage parking lot is located at 870 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com


#CAIRSnapshots Video: In 2019, CAIR Announces Landmark Anti-BDS Law and Watchlist Legal Victories, Releases ‘Hijacked by Hate’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/8/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today released the latest “CAIR Snapshots” video highlighting a quarter century of “defending, educating and empowering the American Muslim community.”

[NOTE: Use #CAIRSnapshots on Twitter to view all the short videos highlighting CAIR’s important work over the past quarter century.]

Today’s final #CAIRSnapshots features how in 2019, CAIR announced a landmark legal victory for Bahia Amawi, a Texas speech language pathologist who lost her job because she refused to sign a "No Boycott of Israel" clause. A federal judge issued an opinion striking down H.B. 89, the Texas Anti-BDS Act, as facially unconstitutional. CAIR is actively challenging similar measures around the country, including in Arizona and Maryland.

Earlier this year CAIR released a groundbreaking report, "Hijacked by Hate: American Philanthropy and the Islamophobia Network," listing the philanthropic foundations that were used by anonymous special interest donors to funnel almost $125 million to anti-Muslim hate groups between 2014 and 2016.

Also in 2019, CAIR announced "complete victory" in a constitutional challenge to federal watchlist after a federal court judge rules that the government has unconstitutionally failed to provide watchlisted persons with notice and an opportunity for individuals to challenge their status.

#CAIRSnapshots Video: In 2019, CAIR Announces Landmark Anti-BDS Law and Watchlist Legal Victories, Releases ‘Hijacked by Hate’

https://youtu.be/F-R3Qr964YA

BACKGROUNDER:

Hijacked by Hate: American Philanthropy and the Islamophobia Network

http://www.islamophobia.org/reports/243-hijacked-by-hate-american-philanthropy-and-the-islamophobia-network.html

Video: CAIR ‘Complete Victory’ in Challenge to Federal Terror Watchlist

https://youtu.be/7PwbE4lcq68

BREAKING: CAIR Wins Landmark First Amendment Victory Striking Down Texas Anti-BDS Law

https://www.cair.com/breaking_cair_wins_landmark_first_amendment_victory_striking_down_texas_anti_bds_law

The #CAIRSnapshots campaign is just one of many activities and initiatives leading up to CAIR’s 25th anniversary gala in Washington, D.C., on November 9.

CAIR’s gala will feature special guest Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), political commentator Dean Obeidallah, activist and community leader Linda Sarsour, State Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell (D-PA), and motivational speaker Abderraoof Alkhawaldeh.

Disclaimer: All funds solicited in connection with this event are for CAIR, and not for Ilhan Omar or Ilhan Omar for Congress.

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

 

 


ACTION ALERT: Online Registration Will Close at 5 p.m. (ET) TODAY for CAIR’s 25th Anniversary Gala Nov. 9 in Washington, D.C.

Online registration will close at 5 p.m. (ET) for CAIR’s 25th anniversary gala to be held Saturday, November 9, at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: The gala is being held at a different hotel than in past years.

No tickets will be sold at the door, so register TODAY (Nov. 8) to make sure you don’t miss out.

The gala will feature special guest Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), political commentator Dean Obeidallah, activist and community leader Linda Sarsour, State Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell (D-PA), and motivational speaker Abderraoof Alkhawaldeh.

Other highlights include photo and artifact exhibits showcasing CAIR’s work over the past 25 years and the American Muslim of the Year award to Texas anti-BDS law plaintiff Bahia Amawi.

REGISTRATION: Individual tickets cost $85 (Student $65). Childcare is $35 per child. Childcare registration is required for children under 13 years old. No children under 13 are allowed inside the banquet hall.

TO REGISTER, GO TO: https://www.cair.com/25th_anniversary_banquet

Important Gala Information:

Babysitting

No children under 13 are permitted in the hall. Babysitting is required for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 cannot be accommodated in the hall or at babysitting. Babysitting is $35 per child.

Parking

Early arrival is strongly encouraged. Parking is available in the attached hotel parking garage at the intersection of 10th and H St NW. The night of the event self-parking will be available at the discount rate of $35 per car. Spaces are limited. Parking is first-come-first-served. Additional parking is available at the City Center Garage for $12 per car. The City Center Garage parking lot is located at 870 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001.

With the theme “Defending, Educating, and Empowering: Building the Next Generation of American Muslims,” the gala will celebrate CAIR’s 25 years of service to the community.

[NOTE: Use #CAIRSnapshots on Twitter to view all the short videos highlighting CAIR’s important work over the past quarter century.]

Reserve a Table(s) of 10:

Banquet tables for a family, business, mosque, or other group, may be reserved by calling 202-742-6454 or by emailing events@cair.comA table of 10 costs $1500. 

Disclaimer: All funds solicited in connection with this event are for CAIR, and not for Ilhan Omar or Ilhan Omar for Congress.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770, aajeen@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

 

 


UPDATE: CAIR, Jetpac, MPower Change: 31 American Muslim Candidates Win in Nov. 5 Elections for Total of 39 Muslims Elected in 2019

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/8/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, and Jetpac, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing American Muslim representation in politics and the media, today reported 31 American Muslim electoral victories nationwide in yesterday’s off-year election. 

[NOTE: CAIR and Jetpac say these results are preliminary and subject to change.]

Throughout 2019, CAIR and Jetpac have identified at least 39 Muslim candidates who won elections in local and statewide races across the country. More than 80 Muslims ran for office this year at the local and state level.

“These electoral victories clearly indicate that American Muslims are stepping up and showing their commitment to public service,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We congratulate these Muslim trailblazers who are creating a more inclusive democracy for everyone.”

"American Muslims are running for office in large numbers because more of us are realizing that we have a unique perspective that will help fix massive inequities in healthcare, education, and the criminal legal system,” said Jetpac Executive Director Mohammed Missouri. “We're also aware that staying on the sidelines while anti-Muslim bigotry runs rampant will increase the threat to our community. A truly representative Democracy will help us get out of this dark era as a stronger society.” 

CAIR and Jetpac’s preliminary statistical breakdown of American Muslim candidates running for office in 2019 shows: 

•  87 Muslim candidates in total ran for an elected office in 2019

    • 32 women
    • 55 men

•   Of those, 39 Muslims won elections in the 2019 calendar year

    • 18 women
    • 21 men

•   Of those, 31 Muslim candidates won their election yesterday

  • 16 of those Muslim candidates a won an election for the first time yesterday
    • 8 women
    • 7 men
  • 15 of those Muslim candidates were incumbents won reelection yesterday
    • 5 women
    • 10 men

CAIR and Jetpac maintain an up-to-date public database of over 500 Muslim candidates that have run for office in the past several years.

SEE: American Muslim Candidate Master List
http://www.islamophobia.org/reports/247-the-rise-of-american-muslim-changemakers.html

On behalf of the American Muslim community, CAIR and Jetpac congratulate the following Muslim candidates on their hard-fought and trailblazing victories:

Maine

  • Pious Ali – Portland City Council (reelection)
  • Marwa Hassanien – Bangor School Board
  • Safiya Khalid – Lewiston City Council

    Maryland
  • Fazlul Kabir – College Park City Council (reelection)

    Massachusetts
  • Mehreen Butt – Wakefield Town Council (reelection)
  • Afroz Khan – Newburyport City Council (reelection)
  • Sumbul Siddiqui – Cambridge City Council (reelection)

    Michigan
  • Ray Muscat – Dearborn Heights City Council (reelection)
  • Dave Abdallah – Dearborn Heights City Council (reelection)

    Minnesota
  • Nadia Mohamed – St. Louis Park City Council
  • Abdisalam Adam – Fridley School Board (appointed in 2018 to fill a vacant seat but elected by the public for the first time yesterday)

    New Jersey
  • Jamillah Beasley - Irvington Municipal Council (reelection)
  • Mustafa Al-Mutazzim Brent – East Orange City Council (reelection)
  • Denise Sanders – Teaneck Board of Education (reelection)
  • Raghib Muhammad – Montgomery Township Board of Education
  • Adnan Zakaria – Prospect Park City Council (reelection)
  • Esllam Zakaria – Prospect Park Board of Education (reelection)

    Ohio
  • Shammas Malik – Akron City Council
  • Omar Tarazi – Hilliard City Council

    Pennsylvania
  • Nusrat Rashid – Delaware County Court of Common Pleas
  • Omar Sabir – Philadelphia City Commission

    Virginia
  • Buta Biberaj – Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney
  • Ghazala Hashmi – Senate District 10
  • Babur Lateef – Prince William County School Board (reelection)
  • Harris Mahedavi – Loudon County School Board
  • Abrar Omeish – Fairfax County School Board
  • Sam Rasoul – House of Delegates District 11 (reelection)
  • Ibraheem Samirah – House of Delegates District 86 (reelection)
  • Lisa Zargarpur – Prince William County School Board

    Washington
  • Turan Kayaoglu – Puyallup School Board
  • Zahra Roach – Pasco City Council


In July, CAIR, Jetpac and MPower Change released an updated version of their report, ‘The Rise of American Muslim Changemakers,’ documenting the 323 American Muslims who at that time ran for public office since the election of Donald Trump in 2016 and the subsequent rise in anti-Muslim bigotry. CAIR and Jetpac note that as of this posting, the number of American Muslims who have run for office since 2016 is 373.

SEE: CAIR, MPower Change and Jetpac Release Updated Report on Muslim Political Mobilization in the Trump Era
https://www.cair.com/cair_mpower_change_and_jetpac_release_updated_report_on_muslim_political_mobilization_in_the_trump_era


The report includes profiles of those who ran for office during 2018 and 2019, including newly-elected Pennsylvania State Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell, Virginia State Delegate Dr. Ibraheem Samirah and Montgomery (New Jersey) Township Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, among many others elected in 2019.

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.

Jetpac (Justice Education Technology Political Advocacy Center) is a training and educational organization that seeks to build a strong American Muslim political infrastructure and increase the community’s influence and engagement.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com


CAIR-OK Releases First-Ever Comprehensive Guide to Oklahoma Muslim Community

(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 11/7/2019) -- The Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) today announced the release of its first “Guide to Islam and Muslims in Oklahoma.”

CAIR-OK’s new publication contains information about Islamic theology, common Muslim religious practices, an overview of Islamic centers and schools in the state, and documentation of social and civic involvement of the Oklahoma Muslim community. Additionally, the guide provides information on the history of Islamophobia in Oklahoma, including examples of discrimination, anti-Muslim propaganda, harassment, and physical violence directed at Muslims.

“This guide presents an opportunity for our fellow Oklahomans to understand the Islamic faith and the diverse community of Muslims in our state,” saidCAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani. “It is our hope that elected officials, journalists, academics, and many more will use this as a resource to build bridges between communities and dispel myths and misunderstandings about the world’s second largest religion.”

“While our years in operation in Oklahoma have shown us many examples of Islamophobia, bigotry, and hatred, they have also been years of growth in our interfaith and social justice missions,” said Soltani. “We hope that this guide can open more opportunities to shed light on ignorance and gain a better understanding of the realities of Islam and Muslims in Oklahoma.”

SEE: Guide to Islam and Muslims in Oklahoma

https://www.cairoklahoma.com/resource/guide-to-islam-and-muslims-in-oklahoma/

CAIR-OK’s new guide is being released in advance of the anticipated rise of Islamophobia expected during the 2020 election cycle. Islamophobia has peaked in recent election years, with the 2016 Presidential elections showing an increase in anti-Muslim rhetoric from candidates and hate crimes against Muslims, including damage to mosques and physical violence, surging post-election.

SEE: 2018 CAIR National Civil Rights Report: Targeted

https://www.cairoklahoma.com/resource/targeted/

The information in this guide is designed to assist the reader in having a better understanding of the Islamic faith and Muslim community in Oklahoma. This is a first of its kind guide compiled over the course of several years documenting the growing diversity of Oklahoma’s Muslim community and the many contributions that Muslims make to the state. It should be noted that it is intended only as a guide, and individual observances may vary.

In 2017, the CAIR-OK Civil Rights Department also produced Guides to Islamic Religious Practices for educators and for healthcare professionals, joining the guides for employers that were released in 2016. The guides outline basic Islamic religious practices and suggest best practices for teachers, administrators, and healthcare professionals to use in supporting their Muslim students, clients, patients, and families. The guides are all available free of charge from the Civil Rights Department.

SEE: Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

https://www.cairoklahoma.com/resource/the-healthcare-providers-guide-to-islamic-religious-practices/

SEE: Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

https://www.cairoklahoma.com/resource/an-educators-guide-to-islamic-religious-practices/

SEE: Employer’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

https://www.cairoklahoma.com/resource/an-empoyers-guide-to-islamic-religious-practices/

For a physical copy of the Civil Rights Report or the Guides to Islamic Religious Practices, contact CAIR-OK at info@ok.cair.com.

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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.

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CONTACT: Adam Soltani, CAIR-OK Executive Director, 405-248-5853, asoltani@cair.com; Natasha Saya, CAIR-OK Community Outreach Director, 405-887-8354. nsaya@cair.com


CAIR-Columbus Reunites Family After Filing Lawsuit Against US Embassy in Islamabad

(COLUMBUS, OH, 11/7/19) – The Columbus, Ohio, chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Columbus) announced today the successful resolution of a lawsuit against the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad for unreasonably delaying an immigrant visa for the Pakistani husband of a U.S. citizen.

Irum, a U.S. citizen, met Ahmad in Lahore, Pakistan in 2013. They got married in 2016. The couple filed the appropriate applications immediately thereafter. The USCIS approved their petition, and the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad interviewed Ahmad. However, his visa application was put on “administrative processing” without any further explanation.

Three years passed without Ahmad receiving his immigrant visa, forcing him and his wife to live apart. The couple contacted the embassy dozens of times pleading with them to process Ahmad’s application.

The family also contacted the office of their congressional representative to seek help in expediting the visa processing. However, none of these efforts were successful. The U.S. Embassy gave no guidance as to why the application was not being processed.

For three years, the couple put their lives and careers on hold and faced significant financial strain as Irum had to frequently travel to Pakistan to spend time with her husband.

In desperation, the family contacted CAIR-Columbus to seek assistance in this matter. CAIR-Columbus filed a federal mandamus lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State in order to force the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad to process the application.

The lawsuit was successfully resolved three months later with Ahmad receiving his visa, which finally allowed him to travel to the U.S. and reunite with his wife.  

“Nobody should be forced to be away from their spouse for years for no legitimate reason. Immigration benefits should not be held hostage, and no one should be forced to resort to lawsuits to obtain a benefit which is their legal right,” said their attorney Romin Iqbal of CAIR-Columbus.  

The couple said that they are extremely indebted to CAIR-Columbus because their long ordeal is finally over and they are now ready to move on with their lives.

Muslims in Ohio who are facing similar delays are urged to contact CAIR-Columbus for assistance by filing an incident report online.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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.

The CAIR-Ohio Affiliate has three chapters – Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Columbus Executive Director Romin Iqbal, Esq., 614-783-7953, riqbal@cair.com


Action Alert: Only a Few Tickets Left for CAIR’s 25th Anniversary Gala This Weekend in Washington, D.C.

There are only a few tickets left for CAIR’s 25th anniversary gala to be held Saturday, November 9, at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.

Online registration for the gala will end Friday, so time is running out to purchase your tickets. In past years, the annual banquet has sold out. No tickets will be sold at the door, so register TODAY to make sure you don’t miss out.

The gala will feature special guest Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), political commentator Dean Obeidallah, activist and community leader Linda Sarsour, State Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell (D-PA), and motivational speaker Abderraoof Alkhawaldeh.

REGISTRATION: Individual tickets cost $85 (Student $65). Childcare is $35 per child. Childcare registration is required for children under 13 years old. No children under 13 are allowed inside the banquet hall.

TO REGISTER, GO TO: https://www.cair.com/25th_anniversary_banquet

With the theme “Defending, Educating, and Empowering: Building the Next Generation of American Muslims,” the gala will celebrate CAIR’s 25 years of service to the community.

[NOTE: Use #CAIRSnapshots on Twitter to view all the short videos highlighting CAIR’s important work over the past quarter century.]

Reserve a Table(s) of 10:

Banquet tables for a family, business, mosque, or other group, may be reserved by calling 202-742-6454 or by emailing events@cair.comA table of 10 costs $1500. 

Disclaimer: All funds solicited in connection with this event are for CAIR, and not for Ilhan Omar or Ilhan Omar for Congress.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770, aajeen@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com