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CAIR Files SCOTUS Amicus Brief Challenging Constitutionality of Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/19/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced the filing of an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of seven American Muslims opposing the Trump administration’s Muslim Ban and urging the court to declare it unconstitutional.

READ CAIR’s Amicus Brief

In its brief, CAIR argued that the seven American Muslim citizens “have seen increased discrimination, hate speech, and threats of violence as a result of the anti-Muslim animus that underpins” the Muslim Ban. [NOTE: Those listed in the amicus brief (“amici”) are represented by CAIR and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.]

“The experience of these Muslim community leaders leaves no doubt about the connection between the Trump administration’s ‘Muslim Ban’ and the increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes,” said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri.

“Without the Supreme Court’s intervention, there will be no official counterpoint to the administration’s message that Muslims and Islam are to be feared,” said CAIR’s Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas.

Abbass said all those named in the brief are all leaders of various CAIR offices or departments at CAIR’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The brief marks the latest CAIR legal filing on the Trump administration’s efforts to implement its Muslim Ban. In January, just days after Trump signed the first Muslim ban executive order, CAIR filed suit. 

SEE: CAIR Files Federal Suit Challenging Constitutionality of Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Executive Order

CAIR has also filed two amicus briefs in the Ninth Circuit.

SEE: CAIR Files Amicus Brief with 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’

CAIR Files Amicus Brief in the Ninth Circuit on Behalf of Four American Muslims Impacted by Muslim Ban 3.0

The Washington-based civil rights organization recently launched an app to share critical 'know your rights' information and simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging Muslims to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app  

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 National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, 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 Calls for Hate Crime Probe of ‘Feces’ Vandalism Targeting North Dakota Muslim's Car

screenshot hpr1.com 2017 09 19 15 42 46 025(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 9/19/2017) - - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate an alleged break-in and vandalism with animal feces of a North Dakota Muslim's car as a possible hate crime.

CAIR-MN said the Somali-American Muslim victim discovered what appeared to be animal feces spread inside his vehicle Monday evening, an incident he believes was a direct threat and a hate crime. The victim also has noticed other damage to his car. The victim reports a previous altercation with a neighbor who made racial and religiously-derogatory remarks.

Local Feces Hate Crime Marks Sixth Racial Incident In 2017

“Based on the circumstances, we ask local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this incident as a possible hate crime and to take appropriate actions based on the results of that investigation,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. "Hate crimes targeting Muslims in North Dakota have sharply increased, leading to fear for their safety"

SEE : Push for Hate Crimes Law After Ugly Incident in North Dakota

The Washington-based civil rights organization said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.

CAIR asks community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report  

Because of the rise in hate incidents, CAIR recently launched an app to share critical "know your rights" information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents.

For a quick download of CAIR's civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app

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 Action Alert: Urge Congress to Support Dream Act of 2017

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/19/2017) -- The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on all Americans to urge their members of congress to support the Dream Act of 2017 and other legislation that will reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

In securing the passage of legislation that would protect Dreamers, CAIR cautions members of Congress from making any concessions that include the further militarization of the U.S. border or a border wall, to the small but vocal contingent of anti-immigrant lawmakers or President Trump.

“We must not permit Dreamers to be vilified and scapegoated for the problems facing this country, or used as a cover for the absence of a strategic and well-thought-out plan to produce job growth and improve the nation’s economic condition,” said CAIR Government Affairs Department Coordinator Amineh Safi.   

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DACA is the Obama-era federal administrative relief from deportation policy that protects the rights of some 800,000 undocumented young people, commonly referred to as “Dreamers,” brought to the United States as children. On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the rescission of DACA within six months’ time.

Since President Obama established the DACA program in 2012, it has opened a path for over three quarter of a million-young people in the United States to cultivate their business ideas, serve in the military, advance their education, and contribute to our country in innumerable ways. As a result of President Trump’s decision to end DACA, it is now Congress’ responsibility to develop policy in the next six months to ensure protection for the young immigrants from deportation.

CAIR and other civil and human rights groups have expressed concern that the information gathered in the processes of registering for DACA, including fingerprints and other checks that identify biological features, will be used against Dreamers by federal agencies. US Citizenship and Immigration Services has stated that they will provide ICE with information if it involves “a significant law enforcement or national security interest.” Thus, it is critical that a united effort takes place to instill protective measures to prevent this from happening.

As a response to the rising anxiety amongst DACA recipients, representatives in Congress from both sides have introduced legislation that would protect Dreamers. Below are the top three bills you should urge your congress members to support:

 

  • S. 1615: Dream Act of 2017 Introduced by Senators Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), this bill would provide a pathway for those who came to the United States as Children to become permanent residents, and eventually apply for citizenship. Conditions for this are that the individual arrived to the United States prior to the age of 18, have been here for more than four years, and have not engaged in any criminal, federal or state offenses, or the persecution of any person(s).
  • H.R. 3440: Dream Act of 2017 Introduced by Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), this is a House version of the Dream Act of 2017 bill introduced in the Senate with similar requirements and stipulations.
  • H.R. 3591: American Hope Act of 2017 Introduced by Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and has over 110 cosponsors, the American Hope Act of 2017 also provides young people who were brought to the United States as children an opportunity to apply to become permanent residents. This bill amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to allow states to offer higher-education benefits regardless of legal status.

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 Director of Government Affairs Department Robert McCaw, 202-999-8292, 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.

 

Oklahoma Muslim Group Releases Documentary Short -- ‘With Love and CAIR’ – About Effort to Fight Hunger

(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 9/19/2017) -- The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) today released a short documentary titled “With Love and CAIR.” This film showcases the partnership between CAIR-OK, the Oklahoma Muslim community, and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in the groups’ combined efforts to “fight hunger and feed hope in our state.”

SEE: “With Love and CAIR” 

Every year, during the Holy month of Ramadan, hundreds of Okie Muslims attend CAIR-OK's Annual Day of Service at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to package food for their fellow Oklahomans in need and learn more about the work of the food bank.

This past Ramadan Day of Service was held on June 17 and saw almost 200 Muslims volunteer to package more than 21,000 meals for their fellow Oklahomans.

SEE: 2017 Ramadan Day of Service Photo Gallery 

The Oklahoma Muslim community is an active, civically engaged community that desires an enhanced quality of life for all residents of Oklahoma. The Annual Ramadan Day of Service is also a part of the Oklahoma Muslims Care campaign, a program designed to facilitate community service opportunities for Oklahoma Muslims. That campaign highlights the commitment to service toward the betterment of all in the state by giving back to those in need.

CAIR Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma 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-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani, 405-248-5853, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-OK Civil Rights Director Veronica Laizure, 405-430-9877,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-OK Government Affairs Director Anna Facci, 918-269-7924, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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