(ATLANTA, GA - 6/26/18) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today denounced the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Trump's third “Muslim Ban."
CAIR Georgia spoke out against the ruling during a series of appearances across Atlanta, including an interfaith press conference outside Ebenezer Baptist Church, a radio interview with Closer Look on NPR/WABE, and a protest outside the Richard B. Russell federal courthouse.
SEE: Radio Interview With NPR/WABE
SEE: Photos From Protest Outside Federal Courthouse
CAIR Georgia also plans to co-host an informational community forum about the impact of the Supreme Court's ruling at Roswell Community Masjid on June 28.
Last year, CAIR Georgia also represented a Roswell family impacted by the Muslim Ban when the Trump Administration denied their Syrian grandfather's request to travel to Atlanta for life-saving cancer treatment at Emory University. The Administration eventually reversed course, granting one of the first and few waivers to the Muslim Ban.
In a statement, CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:
"The Supreme Court has gotten it wrong many times before, from upholding slavery and segregation to banning Chinese immigrants and interning Japanese-Americans. We are confident that history will recognize today's Muslim Ban ruling as another unjust decision.
"In the meantime, American Muslims and our neighbors plan to oppose the Muslim Ban and President Trump's anti-Muslim policies in both the court of law and the court of public opinion. This ruling is a setback in the struggle against Islamophobia, but it is not the end of the struggle."
Since the administration first attempted to ban Muslim immigration to the United States, CAIR filed legal challenges to each version of the discriminatory and unconstitutional policy.
CAIR had filed a Supreme Court amicus (friend of the court) brief on behalf of six individuals who successfully obtained an injunction against Muslim Ban 3.0 from a federal court in Maryland.
The Washington-based organization’s recently-released 2018 Civil Rights Report, “Targeted,” showed a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against American Muslims from 2016 to 2017, and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in that same time period.
2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted
We have witnessed an increase in the onslaught of institutional and individual prejudice against American Muslims in 2017. CAIR's 2018 civil rights report, Targeted, presents the data on, effect of, and legal pushback against anti-Muslim bias in the United States. As the only report of its kind ...
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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.