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CAIR: Muslim Community Organizations File 9th Circuit Amicus Brief Opposing Muslim Ban 3.0

(SANTA CLARA, CA, 11/22/17) - This week, a group of organizations serving the Muslim community filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the case of Hawaii v. Trump, arguing that the third iteration of the Trump Administration's Muslim Ban is unconstitutional and discriminatory, has stoked fears in the Muslim community, and contributes to a climate of distrust towards American Muslims.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations - California (CAIR-CA) is joined in the brief by the Muslim Justice League and the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

The brief, which was prepared by the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, argues the Muslim Ban presidential proclamation at issue in the case violates the Establishment Clause by targeting individuals from six Muslim-majority countries and creates a policy that unconstitutionally discriminates based on religion, despite also imposing restrictions on certain individuals from two non-Muslim-majority countries.

The amicus brief specifically notes:

  • This ban violates the Constitution's Establishment Clause by disfavoring a particular religion and targeting individuals based on their religious beliefs.
  • This ban has irreparably harmed the Muslim-American community by ripping families apart, bolstering harmful and offensive stereotypes about Muslims, and sewing a deep and unjustified distrust of the Muslim community in the United States.
  • The addition of two non-Muslim-majority countries to this ban does nothing to disguise the ban's anti-Muslim animus, which has existed since the original Muslim Ban's inception.
  • This ban does nothing to make the United States safer and there is no immediate security need that justifies this ban - rather, the only common thread between those affected is their faith.
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Last week, CAIR-CA  filed a brief  with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in the case of IRAP v. Trump.

CAIR-CA is also part of the  #NoMuslimBanEver campaign, a grassroots awareness and mobilization effort focused on the resistance against the Muslim Ban.

"We will continue advocating for the dignity and fair treatment of the Muslim community throughout the United States," said Jeffrey Wang, a legal fellow at CAIR-CA's San Francisco Bay Area office. "This discriminatory and unconstitutional travel ban, engendered by the President's clear religious animus, has caused irreparable and unnecessary harm to Muslim communities across the country. We cannot let this sort of Executive overreach and government misconduct stand," he added.

CAIR-CA is a chapter of CAIR, 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo, 626.252.0885, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

CAIR-San Diego Educational Forum for Muslim Parents a Success

(SAN DIEGO, CA, 11/21/17) -- The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR-San Diego) last week hosted an education forum titled "All that Parents Need to Know" in collaboration with the Islamic Center of San Diego. 

The forum aimed at educating families on various topics affecting students in the San Diego community and providing information necessary to help them navigate the education system. Panelists included principals, education transformation development director, teachers, English language specialists and the Chair of the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education. 

Among the panelists were also school psychologists, and DELAC "District English Learners Advisory Committee" Chair.

Families were educated on the benefits of the bilingual brain and the importance of speaking their native languages at home. The panelists explained that children designated as English learners were entitled to access both designated and integrated English Language Development programs to meet their children's needs. Parents were urged to report any incidents of Islamophobia and bullying to the school, school district and to the CAIR-San Diego office if their concerns are not addressed.  Reports to CAIR San Diego office can be made online or by calling 858-278-4547.

The panelists also encouraged parents to attend School Site Council (SSC) meetings and other parent’s advocacy group such as and Community Advisory Committee (CAC), and District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC).

Lallia Allali, CAIR-San Diego board member and Chair of CAIR’s Education Committee said "It is very important that members of our community are aware of the resources and the rights they have when navigating the school system in order to give their children the best chance of academic success. This forum has been very beneficial in providing a step in building that knowledge".

If your community would like to host a similar event, please contact our office at 858-278-4547 and we can collaborate to make it possible.

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.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialog, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT:  CAIR-San Diego Executive Director, Hanif Mohebi, 858.774.9991, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR Seeks Protection for Va. Muslim Student Facing Cyberbullying for Reporting Hijab Removal by Teacher

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That teacher at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Va., was placed on leave following the incident and the school district is promising a “thorough investigation” of the incident. CAIR sought further disciplinary action.

SEE: CAIR Calls for Further Action Against Va. Teacher Placed on Leave for Pulling Off Muslim Student’s Hijab

CAIR said the cyberbullying includes a tweet stating “f**k that dumb Muslim b**ch,” and a private message on Twitter Sent to the Muslim student stating “F**k is wrong with you?”

In a letter sent to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and to the school’s principal, CAIR wrote in part:

“While the FCPS conducts its investigation into [the teacher’s] actions, students and at least one Lake Braddock teacher have waged a social media campaign to intimidate and bully [the Muslim student]. Additionally, students held a protest to support the accused teacher during school hours on November 17, 2017, and during which an administrator acted in a manner that puts the credibility of the FCPS investigation in doubt. 

“…Principal Thomas is heard emboldening the students by informing them: “Your message is powerful. . .I hear you, and I will advocate for you.” It seems that Principal Thomas has thrown his support behind the accused teacher. As a result, we have no confidence that the school will conduct a fair and unbiased investigation. 

“To make matters worse, the students and at least one Lake Braddock teacher, have bullied and intimidated Yasmin on social media by posting messages on Twitter using the hashtag ‘#FreeSaunders.’ The students and teacher are retaliating against [the Muslim student] for reporting her incident.  Shamefully, their comments indicate anti-Muslim sentiment…

“We have no doubt Fairfax County Public Schools considers the protection of its students, as well as their constitutional rights, top priorities. In addition to your investigation into [the teacher’s] actions, we request that you investigate the actions outlined above, issue appropriate discipline, and take appropriate steps to restore a safe educational environment.”

READ CAIR’S Letter: http://www.cair.com/images/pdf/CAIR_Letter_to_FCPS.pdf

CAIR is urging students of all faiths and backgrounds in Virginia and nationwide to report any incidents of bullying or harassment and to speak out when their educational environment is negatively impacted by bigotry.

CAIR recently called for a criminal investigation and the firing of a teacher at a Tennessee charter school after a video was circulated online of a Muslim student having her Islamic head scarf, or hijab, forcibly removed in a classroom.

SEE: CAIR Calls for Police Probe, Firing of Teacher After Tennessee Student’s Hijab Forcibly Removed in Class

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization is also calling for diversity training using CAIR’s “An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," which is designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students.

SEE: An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

A recent report by CAIR’s California office revealed that Muslim students are bullied at twice the rate as the national average.

CAIR-CA Report: More Than Half of Muslim Students in California Experience Bullying, Discrimination

CAIR 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.

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges 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

CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups 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 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-Columbus Resolves Citizenship Delay Lawsuit Against USCIS

(COLUMBUS, OHIO, 11/21/2017) -- The Columbus, Ohio, chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Columbus) today announced the resolution of a citizenship delay lawsuit against United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

CAIR-Columbus’ client, a native of Iraq, is now a United States citizen after waiting more than three years for his citizenship application to be adjudicated.

United States law provides that an applicant must receive a decision on a citizenship application within 120 days of the interview. However, until CAIR-Columbus attorneys filed a lawsuit its client, USCIS failed to even schedule an interview.

Once the lawsuit challenging the unreasonable delay was filed, the client was interviewed and approved within two months, and was officially sworn in a as citizen last week.

CAIR-Columbus attorneys suspect the case was delayed due to a policy called CARRP, which stands for the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program. 

CARRP is a covert program that the U.S. government began in 2008, under which the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) -- in particular the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) -- began giving strict extra scrutiny to immigrants and non-citizens from Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities when they apply for U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residency (a green card), and asylum.

The typical result of this added scrutiny is that applicants put on the CARRP list face long USCIS delays in the best case, and in the worst case, receive a USCIS denial without prior notice, stated reason or legal authority. In some cases, USCIS will not take any action at all, which can result in indefinite limbo.

CAIR-Columbus Legal Director Romin Iqbal says that the client is not the only Muslim American who has dealt with delayed immigration issues. 

Under the Trump administration CAIR-Columbus has seen an increase in immigration delays of all types, and has filed immigration-related lawsuits for 19 plaintiffs this year alone. 

CAIR-Columbus has successfully obtained the requested immigration benefit for 14 of those plaintiffs already – lawsuits for the other five are still pending.

Ohio Muslims who are facing similar delays are being urged to contact CAIR-Columbus for assistance by filing an incident report online at: https://www.cair-columbus.com/

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges 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

CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups 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 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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