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GOOD NEWS ALERT: CAIR-NY Reunites Yemeni-American Family Separated by Muslim Ban

GOOD NEWS ALERT:

CAIR-NY Reunites Yemeni-American Family Separated by Muslim Ban

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(NEW YORK, N.Y., 8/6/2019) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced the reunification of a Yemeni-American family that was separated by President Trump’s Muslim Ban. 

Yesterday, Saleh Almuganahi and his wife and two daughters arrived in New York City. Last month, CAIR-NY sued the Trump administration for retroactively applying the Muslim Ban to revoke an approved visa for Almuganahi’s wife. Within 24 hours of filing suit, the U.S. Embassy approved the visa.  Almuganahi immediately departed the United States to make arrangements for his family to make their way to America.   

Before CAIR-NY’s intervention, the Almuganahi’s visa was pending for more than 21 months. 

SEE CAIR-NY LAWSUIT

SEE ALSOhttps://www.amny.com/news/travel-ban-lawsuit-1.33597533

 Ahmed Mohamed, CAIR-NY Litigation Director stated:

 “We are happy for the Almuganahi family and welcome them to New York City. This family has suffered needlessly to satisfy Trump’s thirst to block Muslims and immigrants from entering the country. It is very sad that American-Muslims have to resort to federal lawsuits to force this administration to follow the law. There are countless families that are not as lucky today because they are still separated by Trump’s cruel policies.” 

Carey Shenkman, CAIR-NY Of Counsel stated:

"We are proud to welcome the Almuganahi family to New York and hope to be able to soon welcome other families impacted by the terrible Muslim ban."

Muslims who have had their previously approved visas revoked because of the Muslim Ban are being urged to contact CAIR-NY for assistance by filing an incident report online at https://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report or calling 646-665-7599. 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos

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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Litigation Director Ahmed Mohamed, ahmedmohamed@cair.com, 646-481-2103; CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, anasher@cair.com, 917-669-4006

Our Latest Guidance on Muslim Ban 2.0

Dear community members and friends,

We've received President Trump's latest Executive Order targeting Muslims and refugees. We are appalled at this renewed attempt to assault our American values, targeting individuals based on race, religion, and national origin.

Although this order is unsurprising, a more complete analysis will take time. We are offering some preliminary guidance on who this executive order affects. We will send out more details as they become clear.
 

What you need to know: 

  • This Order DOES NOT affect:
    • U.S. Citizens;
    •  Lawful permanent residents (green card holders); 
    • Individuals with currently valid visas regardless of whether they are in the country or not;
    • Dual nationals traveling with any passport other than one from the six countries listed below; and 
    • Refugees and those granted asylum on or before the date of this Order. Also excluded are those granted protection under the Convention Against Torture.

  

  • This Order DOES affect: People applying for new or renewed immigration status within the next 90 days from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. 
    • Iraq has been removed from this list
  • The refugee program is being halted immediately, for 120 days. This will mean that anyone, anywhere in the process, will not move forward. 
  • Expanding the Restricted Entry List: DHS will perform a "country-by-country" review in which the list of countries may be changed. 

What you should do to protect yourself:

  • Non-citizens, even green card holders (lawful permanent residents) from one of the six countries named above, should consult with an attorney before traveling in or out of the country.
  • Please keep looking for updates in the coming days to assess your travel options. If you are facing an emergency at the airport or border, call us at: (646) 665-7599.
  • Regardless  of your citizenship, do not permit law enforcement to enter your home without a warrant. Even if they have a warrant, you should not speak to them without consulting with an attorney.

What you can do to push back against this:

  • Call your members of Congress and the U.S. Senate at (202) 224-3121 to ask them to speak out against anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant bigotry and oppose these Executive Orders
  • Join us for upcoming civic engagement opportunities, which will be announced in the coming days.



 

Muslims are the least popular religious group in the U.S. They’re disliked even more than atheists.

Last Wednesday, the Pew Research Center released the results of a new survey showing that American attitudes toward Muslims had improved in the past few years. While respondents to a 2014 survey gave Muslims an average rating of 40 on a 100-point “feeling thermometer” — a scale measuring favorability toward different groups — that number had climbed to 48 by last month. Headlines noted the shift, which many observers found surprising given recent debates about terrorism and President Trump’s order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations.

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Protesters gathered outside John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Saturday demanding the release of refugees blocked from entering the United States. Other protests took place nationwide.

People in the crowd at Kennedy airport chanted, “Let them in.” Celebrities including “Sex and the City” actress Cynthia Nixon joined the demonstration.  

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/protests-airports-immigration-action-president-trump/

 

Urgent information about the "Muslim ban."

Dear community members and friends.

Like you, we only recently received the final, signed copies of President Trump's Executive Orders targeting Muslims and refugees. And like you, we are appalled at these attempts to erode our American values by targeting individuals based on race, religion, and national origin.

A complete analysis will take time, but we continue to hear from many of you, worried about what this means for your families and friends. Accordingly, we wanted to reach out and offer some preliminary guidance. We will send out more details as they become clear.

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 U.S.
  • 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 green card holders (lawful permanent residents), from one of the seven countries named above, and you are inside the U.S., you should consult with an attorney before taking any trips outside of the country.
  • 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 have our number on hand: (646) 665-7599.
  • Whether you are a citizen or not, do not permit law enforcement to enter your home without a warrant. Even if they have a warrant, you should not speak to them without consulting with an attorney

What you can do to push back against this:

  • Call your members of Congress and the U.S. Senate at (202) 224-3121 to ask them to speak out against anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant bigotry and oppose these Executive Orders
  • Join us for upcoming civic engagement opportunities, which will be announced in the coming days.

 

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Thousands Join CAIR-NY Rally Against Trump's Expected ‘Muslim Ban’ Executive Orders

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(New York, NY 1/26/17) – Yesterday, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading New York advocacy group forMuslim civil rights, was joined by thousands of demonstrators to oppose President Donald Trump’s expected announcement of new restrictions targeting Muslim and undocumented Americans.  The executive orders, will reportedly restrict immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries.

Organizers estimate that more than 3,000 participants joined the peaceful Washington Square Demonstration.  Speakers included many leading New York City elected officials, civil rights groups, and faith leaders.

SEE: Thousands rally in Manhattan to protest President Trump's executive orders on immigration

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/thousands-rally-nyc-protest-trump-immigration-orders-article-1.2955809

“These executive orders will not make our nation safer; rather they will signal to the world that America condones discriminatory religious based profiling in its immigration policies,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher.  “Our strength lies in our diversity, and our mission is to ensure justice for all New Yorkers.”

“We are not the city of Donald Trump’s Gilded skyscrapers, we are not the city of Donald Trump’s Wall Street cabinet, we are the city of diversity and faith, the city of love and compassion,” said CAIR-NY Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Fox Cahn.  “We are the city that shows up, and shows the world that this city, this great city, will always remain a beacon of light.”

Speakers:

·         Council on American-Islamic Relations, New York Executive Director Afaf Nasher, Esq.;

·         Council on American-Islamic Relations, New York Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Cahn, Esq.;

·         Rep. Nydia Velazquez (NY 7th District);

·         New York City Public Advocate Letitia James;

·         New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer;

·         New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito;

·         Council Member Corey Johnson (Dist. 3);

·         Council Member Helen Rosenthal (Dist.6);

·         Council Member I. Daneek Miller (Dist. 27);

·         Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (Dist. 45);

·         New York Immigration Coalition Director of Political Engagement Murad Awawdeh;

·         New York City Commission on Human Rights Lead Advisor Rama Issa;

·         Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs Assistant Commissioner Kavita Pawria-Sanchez;

·         SEIU 32BJ Executive Board Member Walter Cooper;

·         New York Civil Liberties Union Staff Attorney Jordan Wells;

·         New York Civil Liberties Union Teen Activist Program Member Odalys Diego;

·         CUNY CLEAR Staff Attorney Tarek Ismail

·         Association of Muslim-American Lawyers Board Member Iman Boukadoum;

·         Dream Action Coalition Co-Director Cesar Vargas;

·         Interfaith Center of New York Executive Director Rev. Chloe Breyer;

·         Buddhist Council of New York President Rev. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki;

·         Sadhana Co-Founder & Board Member Sunita Viswanath;

·         Lab/Shul Executive and Spiritual Director Amichai Lau-Lavie;

·         African Communities Together Organizer Fatoumata Waggeh;

·         Muslim Community Network Executive Assistant Widad Hassan;

·         Arab American Association of New York, Executive Director, Linda Sarsour;

·         Islamic Center at New York University Affiliate Muslim Chaplain Faiyaz Jaffer

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 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 Executive Director Afaf Nasher, 917-669-4006, anasher@cair.com; Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Cahn, 571-766-6273, acahn@cair.com