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CAIR Condemns Trump’s Order to Keep Gitmo Open

Order is reversal of Obama administration’s stated policy to close the prison

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/31/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned President Donald Trump’s announcement last night during the State of the Union address that he signed an executive order to keep the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay open, revoking the Obama administration’s 2009 order to close the facility.

Trump’s order creates the possibility sending new prisoners to the detention camp. The order states: "The United States may transport additional detainees to US Naval Station Guantanamo Bay when lawful and necessary to protect the Nation."

SEE: Trump Executive Order Keeping Guantánamo Prison Open

In a statement, CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw said:

“We condemn President Trump’s order to keep the illegal, exclusively Muslim-populated military prison in Guantánamo Bay open. Reports of abuse and a lack of due process at Guantánamo have tarnished our nation’s image in the international community and diminished our moral authority to prosecute suspected terrorists in U.S. custody.

“By returning to this deeply-discredited military detention strategy, President Trump is playing politics with our nation’s security. Guantánamo’s severely mismanaged military tribunals have yet to convict a single defendant, at a time when our civilian courts routinely try terrorism cases.

“Guantánamo subverts the criminal justice system by not giving the 41 men detained there due process and their day in court. Those determined to be innocent should be released and sent back to their families.

“The accused should be given a fair trial, consistent with our nation’s constitutional values. Only the guilty should be sentenced, providing closure to their victims. Moreover, our government should not prolong the of imprisonment of detainees already cleared for release.”

CAIR advocates for the immediate release or for the civilian trial of all remaining detainees at Guantánamo and seeks the closure of the prison. CAIR cautions against the closure the prison being accomplished by creating a comparable facility with the same inadequate judicial processes inside the U.S.  

In 2009, President Obama signed an executive order to close the prison within in one year, stating this action would “restore the standards of due process and the core constitutional values that have made this country great even during times of war.”

On January 11, CAIR co-hosted a rally in front of the White House with human rights activists, torture survivors, Guantánamo detainee attorneys, 9-11 family members, ex-military officials, and members of diverse faith communities to mark the 16th year anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay prison camp and to stop torture. 

CAIR Government Affairs Department Coordinator Amineh Safi opened the rally with a prayer to close the prison.

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-MN Asks GOP to Fire Official Who Claimed Minnesota Muslims Plan to ‘Infiltrate’ Precinct Caucuses

screenshot www.scribd.com 2018 01 30 10 25 21 006(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 1/30/18) -- The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on the Republican Party in that state to dismiss an official who claims that he uncovered a plot to “mobilize Muslims to infiltrate our Republican caucuses on Feb. 6.”

Dave Sina, chair of the Fourth Congressional District GOP, claimed Monday that a friend went to a mosque and witnessed Muslims being taught to “penetrate” and “infiltrate” the political process.

SEE: Local GOP Official Warns of Muslims 'Infiltrating' Precinct Caucuses

“It is a sad state of affairs when encouraging positive civic engagement by a minority community provokes such a bigoted, conspiratorial and un-American reaction,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “The Minnesota Republican Party needs to clean its own house by removing Mr. Sina from its ranks.”

Hussein noted the disturbing rise of Islamophobia and other forms of bigotry targeting Muslims and other minority groups nationwide since the election of Donald Trump as president.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Firing of White Supremacist, Islamophobic Maine Official

CAIR recently welcomed the resignation of a Trump administration official who made remarks disparaging African-Americans, Muslims, immigrants, and others.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Resignation of Racist, Anti-Muslim Trump Appointee

CAIR-Missouri, Muslim and Jewish Groups Say Self-Described ‘Confederate’ School Board Candidate Has History of Islamophobia, Racism

CAIR’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter similarly welcomed the resignation of two McKinney ISD middle school teachers who posted Islamophobic and hateful tweets on their social media.

SEE: CAIR-DFW Welcomes Resignation of Two McKinney ISD Middle School Teachers After Islamophobic, Hateful Tweets

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-Florida to Support Luis Blanco Reyes, Undocumented Mexican Florida Resident

(TAMPA, FL, 1/29/2018) -- On Tuesday, January 30thThe Council of American Islamic Relations of Florida (CAIR-Florida) will join several Tampa community allies at the Circle of Witness & Protection event to accompany Luis Blanco Reyes as he checks in at the local immigration office in Tampa, Florida. CAIR-Florida is urging the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to reconsider the denial of his most recent application to withhold deportation. 

Blanco Reyes, a citizen of Mexico and decades-long resident of Plant City, Florida, has been an exemplary member of the immigrant community.His case had previously received favorable determination, and he has complied with all your instructions. He continues to deserve the utmost in latitude of discretion on humanitarian grounds - particularly considering the changed circumstances in this case.

WHAT: Circle of Witness & Protection in Solidarity with Luis Blanco & Family

WHEN: Tuesday, January 30th at 8:30 AM - 10 AM

WHERE: 5524 W Cypress St, Tampa, FL 33607-1708

SEE LETTER HERE:  

Blanco Reyes Letter of Support

 

CAIR-FL: Hundreds of Floridians in Tallahassee to Join Florida Muslim Capitol Day 2018 (#FMCD2018)

(Miami, FL, 1/29/2018) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida (CAIR-Florida), the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization announces the official launch of Florida Muslim Capitol Day 2018 in cooperation with Florida Immigrant Coalition, ICNA Relief, Muslim Women's Organization, Knowledge for Living, American Muslim Democratic Caucus, Hearken Media Group, UCF Muslim Student Organization, Florida Rights Restoration Committee, Helping Hands, and several other community partners,

Florida Muslim Capitol Day comprises a coalition of various Muslim organizations, institutions, mosques, community centers, schools, professionals, and individuals. Legislators will be meeting with their Muslim American constituents who make economic, cultural, and social contributions to the state. 

WHAT: Florida Muslim Capitol Day Press Conference 

WHEN: Tuesday, January 30th at 12:00 PM

WHERE: 3rd floor Rotunda, Capitol Building 

Florida Muslim Capitol Day is a unique two-day, non-partisan event where Muslims across the state of Florida advocate for policies that protect their values, their neighbors, and the community in its entirety. With Islamophobia up by 500% in the state of Florida, Muslim Americans stand by the values of the U.S. Constitution which ensure equal representation for all individuals living in the United States regardless of income, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, or immigration status.

"Florida Muslim Capitol Day's participants together with their legislators represent the monumental strides in working together for the best interest of our State. Muslim Americans are advocating for legislation that protects and serves the immigrant and marginalized communities of Florida and shields their community from islamophobic attacks. Efforts include the Florida TRUST Act, legislation affecting the restoration of civil rights, and criminal justice reform. As Floridians, we oppose any unconstitutional legislation that suppresses our freedom of speech and the right to protest. Florida Muslims are speaking up", said Rasha Mubarak, CAIR-Florida Orlando Regional Director.

There are three opportunities for elected officials participation and media coverage:

 

  • Monday, January 29th-6:30 PM: Networking Reception and Dinner on the 22nd floor at the Capitol Building 
  • Tuesday, January 30th-12:00 PM: Speaking opportunity at the #FMCD2018 Press Conference in the 3rd floor Rotunda. Speakers must RSVP with Barbara Valencia (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

CAIR-Florida is the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR-Florida es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT:

CAIR-Florida's Communications Director, Wilfredo A. Ruiz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 305.502.6749

CAIR-Florida's Orlando Regional Director, Rasha Mubarak, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 407.440.9252 ext. 310

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