ACTION ALERT: Demand Gov. Bentley To Admit Syrian Refugees

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(Birmingham, AL.,11/18/15)-- The Council on American-Islamic Relations of Alabama is calling on all Alabamians to contact Governor Bentley to urge him to reject his declaration to deny Syrian refugees entry in Alabama.

 Across the United States and Alabamians are donating to help Syrian refugees abroad and volunteering to welcome refugees in their communities. However, a number of governors, included Alabama's Governor Bentley, recently announced that he will prevent resettling Syrian refugees. Some Members of Congress have even introduced legislation that would put an end to refugee resettlement altogether. CAIR-AL believes this is morally reprehensible and goes against everything for which the United States stands.  The U.S. government handpicks the refugees who resettle here. Furthermore, refugees are the most thoroughly vetted people to come to the United States.

Refugees resettled in the United States are required to undergo rigorous security screenings by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the F.B.I., the U.S. Department of Defense and multiple intelligence agencies, including biometric checks, forensic testing, medical screenings and in-person interviews. Many of these medical screenings and in-person interviews are conducted overseas and Syrians must go through enhanced screening.

CAIR-AL believes it is entirely possible to balance security concerns with humanitarianism. It is critical that Governor Bentley and other public officials hear from their constituents and put an end to these policies. CAIR-AL urges you to make your voice heard.



CALL GOVERNOR BENTLEY TO LET HIM KNOW SYRIAN REFUGEES ARE WELCOME

 Alabama: (334) 242-7100
http://216.226.177.218/forms/contact.aspx

When you call, tell the receptionist that as a constituent, you want to help WELCOME Syrian refugees and that you're against the call of Governor Bentley to reject Syrian refugees. 

Ex: “I’m a constituent from [City] and I support the resettlement of Syrian refugees. I urge Governor Bentley to represent me and other constituents who seek to welcome Syrian refugees.”



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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-AL Executive Director Khaula Hadeed, 334-224-2196,khadeed@cair.com