(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/6/17) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is urging all Americans who value religious freedom and oppose all forms of discrimination to contact their state’s senators and ask that they support the Protect American Families Act, which would prohibit creation of immigration related registry programs that classify people based on religion, race, age, gender, ethnicity, national origin, or nationality.
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CAIR is urging voters to thank the senators who are co-sponsoring the legislation.
Introduced by Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ), the Protect American Families Act is cosponsored by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Ed Markey (D-MA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI).
(KANSAS CITY, KS, 11/30/16) – The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today welcomed guilty pleas resulting from a June 19, 2015, hate attack on three Somali-Americans in Dodge City.
CAIR-Kansas also thanked federal authorities for their successful prosecution of the case.
According to a U.S. Department of Justice news release:
“Armando Sotelo, 24, pleaded guilty today to a hate crime offense for his role in a June 19, 2015, assault of a black Somali man in Dodge City, Kansas. Omar Cantero Martinez, 32, also pleaded guilty today to providing perjured testimony during a hate crimes prosecution arising from the same assault. . .
“During Sotelo’s plea hearing, he admitted that he assaulted the victim, identified as M.H.D., because of M.H.D.’s race and national origin. Sotelo admitted that he, with the assistance of two other men, approached M.H.D., who is black and from Somalia, while M.H.D. was sitting with two other Somali men on a bench outside the African Market. The defendant approached the bench from one side, while the two other men approached the bench from the other. Sotelo and the other men all yelled racial and anti-Somali slurs at M.H.D. and at the two other Somalis on the bench. “
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/30/16) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed concern about two more individuals with histories of Islamophobic views being added to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team.
Katharine Gorka has been selected to be part of the DHS “landing team” that will meet with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials to manage the transition.
In the past, she has claimed that the DHS trains its agents — falsely, according to Gorka — that Islam is a “religion of peace.”
Gorka writes about Islam for the White supremacist website “Breitbart News.” In 2014, Gorka wrote that when “Presidents Bush and Obama both publicly declared Islam to be a religion of peace,” it “struck a sour chord for many,” and that “American and Western leaders have preemptively shut down any debate within Islam by declaring that Islam is the religion of peace.”
She is married to Sebastian Gorka, another Breitbart News contributor. Sebastian Gorka, who is also known for his Islamophobic views. He calls religious profiling of Muslims “common sense.”