CAIR Alabama Condemns President Trump's Expanded Travel Ban, Calls on Impacted Families To Seek Help
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CAIR Alabama Condemns President Trump's Expanded Travel Ban, and Encourages Those Impacted to Reach Out for Assistance
(BIRMINGHAM, AL, 9/25/17) -- The Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today condemned President Trump's latest travel ban, and encouraged any Alabama Muslims with family members impacted by the ban to contact CAIR Alabama for assistance.
"The President's latest travel ban has little to do with national security and everything to do with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim bigotry. The current Administration continues to put forward policies that deeply impact religious minorities and people of color," said Khaula Hadeed, executive director of CAIR Alabama.
Khaula added, "President Trump has consistently portrayed immigrants as dangerous people. In addition to indiscriminate deportations, he is also trying to curtail legal immigration and ban as many Muslims as he can. These new changes do not conceal the xenophobic intent."
The President's latest immigration order places restrictions on travel to the United States from eight countries and comes as the previous ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries was set to expire yesterday.
The Trump Administration kept restrictions on five of the six Muslim-majority nations - Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen - and added new restrictions on visitors from Chad, North Korea and Venezuela.
SEE: Trump Administration Announces New Travel Ban
Last week, CAIR 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 original 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.]
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 Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed; 334-224-2196; firstname.lastname@example.org