President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday that bans all immigrants and visa holders from seven majority-Muslim countries – Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Libya, and Sudan – from entering the United States for 90 days.
It also bans all refugee admissions for 120 days and bans Syrian refugees indefinitely. It slashes the US’s refugee quota for 2017 to less than half of the level set by former President Obama, directs the US to prioritize “religious minorities” for the remaining slots, and bars all refugees from countries that aren’t specifically approved by the US government.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, aka CAIR, has helped launch a series of protests across the country and plans lawsuits related to President Trump’s recent executive orders on immigration Breitbart reported.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations is also increasingly a part of America’s institutional left infrastructure and was one of the partners behind the recent Women’s March in Washington that drew hundreds of thousands, along with feminist groups like Planned Parenthood.
On Saturday, protests broke out at airports around the country, including New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Saturday morning, two Iraqis were detained at JFK.
— Daniel Altschuler (@altochulo) January 28, 2017
CAIR chapters were actively promoting the protests on social media and acting as spokesmen for the issue.
— CAIR-MI (@CAIRMI) January 28, 2017
#CAIR-Dallas: Immigration order halts travelers at DFW airport
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— CAIR National (@CAIRNational) January 28, 2017
ABC News reports on the Chicago chapter of CAIR’s involvement:
At least one person was detained at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago today, and it is expected that she will return to Saudi Arabia, according to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Sahar Alghnimi, a Syrian woman who came to the U.S. on tourist visa to see her mother who had just undergone cancer surgery, was detained when she arrived from Saudi Arabia at 8:48 AM on Eithad Airlines, CAIR Chicago executive director Ahmed Rehab told ABC News.
Meanwhile in Boston, CAIR is is planning another rally for Sunday at 1 p.m. on Boston’s Copley Square.
CAIR-Massachusetts Executive Director John Robbins said Trump is playing on “religious bigotry and intolerance” and will end up turning away men, women, and children fleeing violence and persecution.
Time magazine says that CAIR was behind a protest that happened earlier in the week at New York City’s Washington Square Park:
The demonstration, led by the New York Chapter of the Center for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was hastily organized in response to Trump’s executive orders restricting immigration from Muslim countries and efforts to curb undocumented immigration within the U.S. On Wednesday, Trump green-lighted the construction of a wall along the southern border, ordered the Department of Homeland Security to build more detention centers, and ended federal grant funding to so-called “sanctuary cities” that refuse to cooperate with federal anti-immigration efforts.
CAIR has announced on their website that they will hold a news conference at its Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C. to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit on behalf of more than 20 individuals challenging the “Muslim ban” executive order. CAIR’s news conference will be live-streamed on its Facebook page.