- Breaking: Even Dual Nationals from Muslim Countries Will Be Barred from Entering United States (Wall Street Journal)
Citizens of the seven countries identified by President Donald Trump for a 90-day visa ban who hold dual nationality also will be barred from entering the United States, the U.S. State Department said in a statement Saturday.
In a statement that the State Department is due to release, which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, the 90-day visa moratorium extends beyond just citizens of Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Libya and Yemen.
It also applies to people who originally hail from those countries but are traveling on a passport issued by any other nation, the statement notes. That means Iraqis seeking to enter the U.S. on a British passport, for instance, will be barred, according to a U.S. official. British citizens dont normally require a visa to enter the U.S.
- CAIR: DHS Says Green Card Holders Will Be Barred from US
"It will bar green card holders," wrote Gillian Christensen, acting DHS spokeswoman, in an email. . .The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will file its own lawsuit against the order on Monday, arguing that it violates the US constitution.
- CAIR: Maryland Police Question U.S. Citizen's Immigration Status in 'Walking While Brown' Incident
"People are uncertain - we don't know what to expect. So this is really, I think, a reflection of that uncertainty that people are feeling," says Dr. Zainab Chaudry with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR.
- CAIR-MA: The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is planning a rally Sunday at 1 p.m. on Boston's Copley Square
Activists are protesting President Donald Trump's actions on Muslim immigrants.
- CAIR: Growing Fallout From Trump's New Immigration Crackdown (AP)
The Council on American-Islamic Relations said it would challenge the constitutionality of the executive order.
"There is no evidence that refugees the most thoroughly vetted of all people entering our nation are a threat to national security," Lena F. Masri, the group's national litigation director. "This is an order that is based on bigotry, not reality."
CAIR Community Advisory on Trump's 'Muslim Ban' Executive Order
Dear community members:
What you need to know right now:
Generally, non-citizens, including green card holders (lawful permanent residents), from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen will be restricted from entering the U.S. for at least 90 days. Non-citizens from these countries who are presently in the U.S. should consult with an immigration attorney prior to any international travel.
However, if you are a green card holder (lawful permanent resident) outside of the U.S., please reach out to an immigration attorney before you travel back to the United States.
The refugee program is being halted immediately, for at least 120 days. This will mean that anyone, anywhere in the process, will not move forward. The effort to resettle Syrian refugees in the U.S. is being halted indefinitely.
What you should do to protect yourself:
If you are non-citizen, even a green card holder (lawful permanent residents), from one of the seven countries named above, and you are inside the U.S., please plan to delay all international travel for at least 90 days.
If you are a non-citizen from one of the seven countries named above, and you are outside of the U.S., you may face issues at the airport. Please keep looking for updates in the coming days to assess your travel options. If you are facing an emergency at the airport or are coming home in the coming days, please contact CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html
You may also contact the nearest CAIR chapter for support. Go to: http://www.cair.com/cair-chapters.html
What you can do to push back against this unconstitutional policy:
Call your elected representatives in Congress at 202.224.3121 to ask them to speak out against anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant bigotry and oppose these executive orders.
CAIR: Refugees Detained at U.S. Airports Challenge Trump's Executive Order (Washington Post)
CAIR-AL: Human Rights and Immigrant Rights Advocates, Faith and Community Leaders and Birmingham Mayor to Respond to President's Immigration Executive Orders
CAIR-Missouri Calls Executive Order Unconstitutional
CAIR: Chicago Advocates Condemn Trump's Order on Refugees, Migrants
CAIR: Muslim Woman Attacked at JFK Airport, While FBI Probes Bomb Threat Against Denver Refugee Centre
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CAIR to Monitor Probe of Another Fire at a Texas Mosque
(AUSTIN, TEXAS, 1/28/17) The Texas office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Texas) said today that it will monitor the investigation of a fire that destroyed a mosque in that state.
According to media reports, the Islamic Center of Victoria in Victoria, Texas, was engulfed in flames on Saturday morning. No cause for the blaze has been determined.
SEE: Fire Destroys Mosque; Cause Undetermined (Video)
"Because of growing anti-Muslim bigotry in our nation, and because of the recent spike in hate incidents targeting Islamic institutions and individuals, we urge investigators to keep the possibility of a bias motive for this fire in mind," said CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll.
Earlier this month, CAIR-Texas said it would similarly monitor the investigation of a fire at a mosque under construction in Travis County.
SEE: CAIR-Austin to Monitor Probe of Fire at Mosque Under Construction, Work with Community Leaders
A soon-to-be-published CAIR report on Islamophobia in America is expected to show that 2016 was the worst year on record for incidents in which mosques were targets of bias.
SEE: CAIR-Sacramento Urges FBI to Probe Hate Vandalism Targeting Davis Mosque
CAIR is asking American Muslims and Islamic institutions to take extra security precautions and is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety." The booklet may be requested through CAIR's website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html
CAIR's national headquarters in Washington, D.C., has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.
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/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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