CAIR is not happy with President Trump’s new executive order banning refugees from certain Middle Eastern countries.
The executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations reacted to the ban by declaring it’s the moral equivalent of slavery and would not strengthen national security.
During a press conference at Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, offered its reactions to recent and upcoming executive orders signed by President Trump that would temporarily ban new visas and most refugees from entering the U.S. from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
CAIR also addressed President Trump’s proposal to thwart federal funding for sanctuary cities and his plans to build a wall along the Mexico-United States border.
The Daily Caller reports that CAIR’s national executive director, Nihad Awad, called the wall a “multi-billion dollar monument to racism.” He added that his efforts to construct the wall is an “Islamophobic” proposal.
“Refugees coming to America are the most vetted of all those entering our country,” Awad said. “They go through multiple levels of screening by multiple national security agencies before they can enter, and before they are even selected as refugees.”
Awad also added that restricting new visas from the seven countries would have “an adverse impact on the American Muslim community and their families trying to connect with visiting relatives from overseas, or parents seeking medical treatment.”
Hoda Hawa who directs policy and advocacy for the Muslim Public Affairs Council in D.C. said, “This has nothing to do with national security. I think ultimately what he is trying to do is further divide the country based on racial and religious lines.”
Rabbi Joseph Berman also attended the press conference and called Trump’s decision to bar most refugees from entering the U.S. an “affront to God.”
When asked by reporters if refugees have a right to enter the U.S., CAIR’s communications director Ibrahim Hooper said they have “rights beyond what normal immigrants have,” according to international law.
Awad interjected, saying that denying their entry would be an issue of “morality” rather than “legality.” He took it a step further by insinuating that refusing entry to refugees is comparable to the U.S.’s former policy that banned women from voting. He defended his logic saying while it may have been legal it was morally “wrong.”
H/T: The Daily Caller
“It is not a matter of legality; it is a matter of morality and there is a big difference. If you want to play it… https://t.co/hVqYkOxZle
— CAIR National (@CAIRNational) January 26, 2017
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