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NJ Muslim Delegation Meets Congressman Leonard Lance
Dear community members and friends,
On Friday evening President Donald Trump signed Executive Orders targeting visas issued to Muslims from certain countries and refugees.
On Saturday evening a Federal Judge granted a stay on deportations. Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/28/federal-judge-stays-deportations-trump-muslim-executive-order
What you need to know right now:
Generally, non-citizens, including green card holders (lawful permanent residents), from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen will be restricted from entering the U.S. for at least 90 days. Non-citizens from these countries who are presently in the U.S. should consult with an immigration attorney prior to any international travel
However, if you are a green card holder (lawful permanent resident) outside of the U.S. please reach out to an immigration attorney before you travel back to the U.S.
The refugee program is being halted immediately, for at least 120 days. This will mean that anyone, anywhere in the process, will not move forward. The effort to resettle Syrian refugees in the U.S. is being halted indefinitely
What you should do to protect yourself:
If you are non-citizen, even green card holders (lawful permanent residents), from one of the seven countries named above, and you are inside the U.S., please plan to delay all international travel for at least 90 days
If you are a non-citizen from one of the seven countries named above, and you are outside of the U.S., you may face issues at the airport. Please keep looking for updates in the coming days to assess your travel options. If you are facing an emergency at the airport or are coming home in the coming days, please have our number on hand (908-668-5900)
Whether you are a citizen or not, do not permit law enforcement to enter your home without a warrant. Even if they have a warrant, you should not speak to them without consulting with an attorney
What you can do to push back against this:
Call your members of Congress and the U.S. Senate at 202.224.3121 to ask them to speak out against anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant bigotry and oppose these Executive Orders
Write a letter of support for S.B. 31, which is critical legislation needed to protect against the creation of a Muslim registry.
To report and incident :
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Azra Baig's Blog
Considered by many to be the holiest day in the Christian calendar, on this past Christmas Day my time of peace was disturbed by Anti-Muslim Harassment while I was on vacation at the Wailea Marriott Beach Resort in Maui. What does the future hold...is there no escape from hatred, racism and bigotry?
On December 25, 2016 while vacationing in Muai, I was targeted with harassment from a Caucasian woman, who looked to be in her 70s. The two of us were alone in the lobby of the resort as we both approached the elevators. I pressed the elevator button and the woman asked me "Are you Muslim?" I looked at her and said "Yes." Then she said, "I am not getting on the elevator with you". I was taken aback and I said "That wasn't nice." Then she said to me, "You need to leave." Then I said, "What happened to love and compassion for All? What happened to love of humanity?" She started walking away from me and down the stairs while shaking her head no. As she was going down the stairs I said to her, "I am a nurse and I take care of everyone the same...No matter what race, religion, ethnicity or nationality."
I immediately went to look for an employee of the resort to alert a manager or security. By the time I alerted them and shared my incident, the woman was nowhere to be found.
There was a tourist from Dallas, Texas, who witnessed the entire incident. She said, "I am shocked that I just witnessed this...That was inappropriate.... I'm glad you said something because if you didn't say something, I was going to say something to her." She felt bad that I was targeted with such harassment and shocked that someone actually would say those words even if that is what they felt inside.
The Wailea Resort Manager and Security took a report of the incident from myself and from the witness. The local Police Department was also notified and came and took a report of the harassment incident.
The Managers and Security at the resort apologized for this incident of harassment at the resort. They said that if I should see this woman again to alert Security and not to approach her myself. I am very appreciative of the managers and staff's support and kindness with this situation and the wonderful treatment during our entirety of our stay at the resort.
I am extremely disappointed that this woman had the audacity to behave in this manner especially on Christmas Day. A day of much love and happiness for so many. I was here in Maui to enjoy a wonderful vacation with my family, to get away from the chaos of everyday life and from the negativity I had already been subjected to, and this individual had to ruin what was supposed to be my time of peace.
#ChristmasDay2016 #Islamophobia #Maui
Ms. Azra Baig is a school nurse and a member of the South Brunswick Board of Education
Thank you for taking the initiative to learn more about this critical campaign. Since the beginning of 2016, our community is experiencing a significant increase in religious based discriminations, hate crimes and bullying in schools. Since the elections, the attacks on our community have increased many fold. CAIR, nationwide has been overwhelmed, dealing with hundreds of cases. In New Jersey alone, CAIR-NJ has received more incidents in the last 4 weeks than in the previous 4 months.
As the New Year approaches and the new administration takes office, we anticipate things to worsen for our community. Although, the President elect has rescinded some of his extreme policy statements against our community, he has selected a number of potential cabinet members that have Islamophobic views, including suggestions of a Muslim Registry.
CAIR is launching an initiative to secure the American Muslim Community by:
CAIR-NJ needs financial help from everyone to make sure there are sufficient resources in place to support our community. In the next three weeks, help CAIR-NJ meet its financial needs to sufficiently staff its office with legal and communication staff.
I am 100, Making a Difference for New Jersey: Campaign Details
CAIR-NJ is asking 100 people to help them raise funds before the end of this year, in next three weeks. The “I am 100” team will do the following:
Once you register, CAIR-NJ will send you details for executing this campaign.
(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 12/17/16) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today welcomed the election of Assad Akhter to the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Akhter, the son of Pakistani immigrants, is currently the Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-9th). He was sworn in as freeholder at a ceremony at the county administration building Friday, and is the first Muslim to hold that position.
“This is a great day for Passaic County and for New Jersey,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “We welcome Assad Akhter’s election as recognition of his passionate dedication to public service and of the values of religious inclusion and diversity that have made America the great county that it is.”
Akhter, 36 of Paterson, replaces Hector Lora who resigned Nov. 17 to serve as interim mayor of Passaic.
In New Jersey the county legislative body is called the Board of Chosen Freeholders. In most states this body is referred to as County Commissioners.
SEE: Passaic County swears in its first Muslim freeholder
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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