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CAIR Calls on Supreme Court to Reinstate Lower Court's Injunction Against Muslim Ban 3.0

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/19/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the U.S. Supreme Court to restore a Hawaii court's injunction against Muslim Ban 3.0. 

This afternoon, the Supreme Court made the decision to review a Hawaii court's broad injunction against Muslim Ban 3.0, a decision an appellate court -- the Ninth Circuit -- has already upheld.  

SEE: Supreme Court to Consider Challenge to Trump's Latest Travel Ban

Just last month, the Supreme Court issued two orders staying the Hawaii and Maryland federal courts' injunctions that had, until December 4, 2017, largely prevented the Trump administration from implementing Muslim Ban 3.0's visa restrictions. 

Although the Supreme Court's December 4th decision allowed Muslim Ban 3.0 to go into effect now, today's decision means that the Supreme Court will soon have the opportunity to reinstate the injunctions issued by lower courts in October.  

"The illegal bigotry that animates Muslim Ban 3.0 should be as clear to the Supreme Court as it is to the Muslims it stigmatizes," said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri.  

"If the First Amendment means anything at all, it means that the president of the United States cannot wield the federal government's powers in a way calculated to disfavor Muslims and demonize Islam," said CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas. "The Supreme Court -- along with the rest of us -- must do everything possible to oppose Muslim Ban 3.0."

In October, CAIR and the Brennan Center for Justice filed suit against President Trump's Muslim Ban on behalf of six American Muslims impacted by the immigration restrictions. Civil rights attorneys, including CAIR National attorney Gadeir Abbas, delivered oral arguments against the ban in mid-October.  

On appeal, this case, Zakzok v. Trump, was consolidated with two others, and all are pending before the Fourth Circuit. Oral argument was held on December 8th, in Richmond, Va.

Video: CAIR, Other Civil Rights Groups Hold Presser After Md. Court Arguments on Trump’s Muslim Ban

The appeal regards a Maryland court's decision to prevent the Trump Administration from implementing most of Muslim Ban 3.0.  In a broad ruling on October 18th, U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang granted CAIR and other groups' request for a nationwide injunction prohibiting the Trump administration from implementing its latest attempt to exclude Muslims from the United States. 

Judge Chuang ruled that the plaintiffs were likely to ultimately succeed in proving that anti-Muslim animus motivated the travel ban in violation of the Establishment Clause. He also noted that the ban violates federal law, which forbids the government from discriminating against visa applicants based on their nationality.

SEE: Second Judge Rules Against Latest Travel Ban, Saying Trump’s Own Words Show It Was Aimed at Muslims

In September, CAIR -- with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and Profeta & Eisenstein -- filed an amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of seven American Muslims.

READ Amicus Brief

These groups also filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit in August.

Read CAIR’s Amicus Brief

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 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-NY Condemns Anti-Muslim Harassment at Hewlett-Woodmere BOE Meetings, Calls for Recognition of Eid Holidays

(NEW YORK, NY, 1/19/2018) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the alleged harassment of Muslim community members and students attending Hewlett-Woodmere Board of Education meetings on January 10 and 17. 

During the January 10 discussion about recognizing the Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha holidays, one Muslim community member was called a “terrorist” and references were made to the September 11 terror attacks.

Following an almost four-hour discussion, the Hewlett-Woodmere Board of Education decided to remove the Eid holidays from the district’s calendar.

SEE: Muslim holiday debate turns heated at H-W board meeting

[NOTE: Eid ul-Fitr (EED-al-FITTER) marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan, and is the first of the two major Muslim holidays. The second holiday, Eid ul-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha), comes near the end of the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.]

A text message sent on January 16, urged residents to attend the January 17 meeting, warning that “observance of a Muslim holiday will draw other religious Muslims to the area, which eventually would make our houses value go down, as no decent person would want to buy a house next to that. The demographics will change and our properties will be worthless.” 

At the January 17 meeting, one attendee tried to respond to an individual defending the Muslim community, saying “they kill us.” Members of the Hewlett-Woodmere Board of Education were quick to denounce the anti-Muslim remarks, but declined to reverse their decision on the Eid holidays.

“It’s disgraceful that these anti-Muslim advocates celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by organizing in support of housing segregation,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “Our school calendars should reflect the diversity and inclusionary spirit of our state.  We applaud those board members who condemned anti-Muslim harassment, but the Hewlett-Woodmere Board of Education must take this opportunity to stand with Muslim parents and students by recognizing the Eid holidays.”  

CAIR has worked on the issue of Eid holidays nationwide.

SEE: CAIR Applauds Maryland School Board's Decision to Close Schools on Eid Holiday

New Yorkers are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/  

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to 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-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn, Esq., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 571-766-6273

 

CAIR Welcomes Resignation of Racist, Anti-Muslim Trump Appointee

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/19/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the resignation of a Trump administration official who made remarks disparaging African-Americans, Muslims, immigrants, and other minority groups.

SEE: 'I just don't like Muslim people': Trump Appointee Resigns After Racist, Sexist and Anti-Gay Remarks (Washington Post)

Trump Appointee Carl Higbie Resigns as Public Face of Agency That Runs Americorps After Kfile Review of Racist, Sexist, Anti-Muslim And Anti-LGBT Comments on the Radio

Carl Higbie resigned as the chief of external affairs in the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that runs AmeriCorps and other service programs, after his offensive remarks were made public.

“We welcome the resignation of yet another bigoted Trump administration official who should never have been appointed to his post in the first place,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “Racism seems to have become a defining characteristic of this administration.”

Action Alert: CAIR Condemns Trump’s Bigoted Remarks, Asks Imams to Offer Friday Sermons Urging Rejection of Racism

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McCaw said CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

Earlier today, CAIR’s Arizona chapter called on Tucson police to treat an alleged attack on a group of Muslim women in that state as a hate crime.

SEE: CAIR-Arizona Asks That Attack on Muslim Women in Tucson Be Treated as Hate Crime

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim 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: https://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html

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-Arizona Asks That Attack on Muslim Women in Tucson Be Treated as Hate Crime

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According to news reports, the women were sitting at the coffee shop in Tucson when the suspect reportedly yelled racist and anti-Muslim slurs, flipped over their table and broke the phone of one of the women. The alleged attacker, who police say was armed with knives, was charged with seven counts of disorderly conduct, two counts of assault with no injuries, and two counts of criminal damage.

SEE: Muslim Women Attacked, Threatened Near Campus

“The fact that the alleged attacker was carrying knives could have resulted in a potentially deadly escalation of this disturbing incident,” said CAIR-Arizona Executive Director Imraan Siddiqi. “Because of the reported use of racial and religious slurs by the suspect, we urge that this case be treated as a felony hate crime.”

Arizona does not have a stand-alone criminal violation for hate crimes, but does allow enhanced penalties for such crimes. (ARS 13-701)

SEE: Hate Crimes and Bias-based Incidents

CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

SEE: CAIR Report Shows 2017 on Track to Becoming One of Worst Years Ever for Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes

A New FBI Report Says Hate Crimes – Especially Against Muslims Went Up in 2016

CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents and 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       

Community members may also report any bias incidents to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report     

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to 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-Arizona Executive Director Imraan Siddiqi, 480-704-3786, 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.

 

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