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Georgia Family Calls On Pres. Trump To Grant Ailing Syrian Grandfather a Travel Ban Exemption For Cancer Treatment

Bitar3.jpeg(ATLANTA, GA, 12/12/2017) - On Wednesday, December 13th, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations plans to hold a press conference with a Georgia family that is calling on the Trump administration to grant their cancer-stricken relative entry to the United States for medical treatment at Emory Eye Care Center.
"We ask the Trump administration to immediately allow this ailing grandfather to return to Atlanta for medical treatment before his cancer spreads beyond the point of no return," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-Georgia. "If this gentleman dies, a daughter will lose her father, four grandchildren will lose their grandfather, and a husband will lose his father-in-law, to an illness that was treatable."

"I beg President Trump to let my father come back to Georgia so that doctors can treat his cancer," said Mrs. Bana Al-Bitar, a Roswell resident and daughter of Mr. Mohammed Al-Bitar. "This has nothing to do with politics or security. This is about family."

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CAIR Georgia Issues Travel Alert After Supreme Court Reinstates Muslim Ban 3.0

NewMuslimBan.png(ATLANTA, GA - 12/5/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today responded to the Supreme Court's reinstatement of the Muslim Ban by issuing a travel alert to Georgia residents, including Georgia Muslims, local businesses, and schools that may have connections to residents of the targeted Muslim-majority nations. 

SEE: CAIR Georgia Issues Travel Alert To Georgia Muslims After Muslim Ban Reinstated

"Because anti-Muslim bigotry motivated President Trump's travel ban, no part of the ban should take effect for any length of time," said attorney Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia.

Mitchell said, "Although we hope the Supreme Court will ultimately overturn this unjust and unconstitutional policy, President Trump is now able to ban travelers from the targeted Muslims countries, even if they have family, job offers, or educational opportunities in the United States."

As a precaution, CAIR Georgia warned citizens of the targeted countries who are present in Georgia as lawful permanent residents, students, workers, or tourists to consult with an immigration attorney before traveling overseas. 

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One Year After Mosque Standoff, CAIR Georgia Returns To Newton County For Lecture on Civil Rights, Islamophobia

23622475_10100446027304737_4731959577325277450_n.jpg(COVINGTON, GA - 11/16/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today delivered a lecture about civil rights and Islamophobia at Oxford College in Newton County, where controversy erupted last year over local opposition to a planned Islamic cemetery.

During the lecture to students and local community members, CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell offered a behind-the-scenes look at what happened during the Newton County mosque stand-off. Mitchell and members of the audience also engaged in a broader discussion about civil rights, Islamophobia, and how interfaith dialogue and negotiation can be used to resolve such conflicts.

"We thank the people of Newton County for inviting us back to this diverse, welcoming and vibrant community," Mitchell said. "Last year, the controversy over the Islamic cemetery came to a swift end not simply because of activisim by civil rights groups, but because--thank God--local politicians, clergy, and citizens stood up against bigotry, and in support  of religious freedom. Looking back, all Americans can learn something positive from what happened in Newton County."

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CAIR Georgia Visits Texas, Delivers Keynote Remarks At CAIR Houston's 16th Annual Banquet

23519147_10100444272107167_2480692407862198311_n.jpg(HOUSTON, TX - 11/19/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today thanked CAIR Houston for inviting CAIR-GA to attend and speak at its 16th annual banquet, which was held on Nov. 12th.

During the banquet, CAIR-GA executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell encouraged Texas Muslims to support their local CAIR chapter.

"Over the past year, diverse communities across the United States went through a lot: Latinos, women, immigrants, African-Americans, and, of course, American Muslims," Mitchell said. "Mosques burned down. Muslim students bullied. Muslim travelers profiled. Muslim immigrants banned. Muslim women harassed. Yet despite the difficulties, or perhaps because of them, this also has been a year in which American Muslims became more engaged and more united."

CAIR Houston's banquet also featured remarks from Mike Floyd, who at 18 became the the youngest elected official in Texas last year.

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CAIR Georgia Asks Public For Help Locating Muslim Teenager Who Went Missing in Roswell on Nov. 10th

23472917_10155058104635823_9011633849305379282_n.jpg(ROSWELL, GA - 11/19/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today encouraged the public to alert law enforcement if they see Salama Bounajra, a fifteen-year-old Roswell resident who went missing on Friday, Nov. 10th. Salma disappeared after leaving her home around 8 am.

SEE: 11 Alive Interviews Family As Police Search for Missing Roswell Teenager

In a statement, CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:

"Thank you to everyone who has helped search for, and spread the word about, Salma, especially Roswell residents who have contacted us with tips. Those tips have been incredibly helpful so far, and may be critical to rescuing her.

Law enforcement has asked us not to share certain new information so as not to interfere with their ongoing search. However, what I can say that we're confident that Salma is still alive, and that she is not alone. Whoever took her has committed a serious crime.

If you even think you see Salma, immediately call 911. If you know anything, please call the Roswell Police Department at 770-640-4100 or email your tip to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.If you are uncomfortable speaking to law enforcement, you can contact CAIR Georgia at 404-285-9530 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.."

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