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On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States allowed parts of President Trump's Muslim Ban to take effect on a temporary basis, while blocking other parts of the Ban. The Supreme Court plans to make a final decision about the case later this year.

In the meantime, here's what you need to know about how this development may impact you, your family, your education or your business in regard to the six targeted countries: Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Iran, Libya, and Yemen.

1.The Potential Good News 

The Supreme Court ruled that the Trump Administration MUST ALLOW foreign nationals from these countries to seek entry to the United States if they have a "credible claim" of a "bona fide" connection to the United States. What does that mean? 

If you are legally present in the United Sates, you can seek to bring your "close" relatives who live overseas to the United States. If you run an American school or university, you can bring a foreign student to the United States. If you run an American business, you can bring a foreign worker to the United States.

2. The Potential Bad News 

The Court has allowed the Trump Administration to BAN foreign nationals from the six targeted countries who have "no credible claim of a bona fide connection" to persons or entities in the United States. This part of the ruling leaves many questions unanswered.

For example, a legal resident of America can certainly expect to bring a spouse, parent or child to the United States. What about a brother, a cousin, or an aunt? What constitutes a legitimate and sufficiently close familial relationship? 

The answer to this question would be determined on a case-by-case basis by immigration officials under the control President Trump. If a family disagrees with a decision made by the Trump Administration, the family may have to pursue legal action against the government.

What about the travelers from the six countries who are scheduled to fly into the United States in the coming days and weeks? Immigration officials may detain or block those travelers while the Trump Administration reviews whether they do indeed have a legitimate and close connection to the United States.

As for refugees, the Supreme Court's order effectively bans any future refugees who do not already have relatives living in the United States. The Supreme Court's order also puts a question mark over refugees who are already in the process of coming to the United States.

3. What Should You Do Now? 

  • If you are in the process of, or hope to, bring a family member, student, worker or refugee from one of the six targeted countries, consult with us, an immigration attorney, or another civil rights organization.
  • If a relative, student, worker or refugee is currently en route to the United States, immediately alert us, an immigration attorney or another civil rights organization. Although the executive order may not take effect for another 72 hours, the Trump Administration may try to enforce it early.
  • If you are a citizen of the six targeted countries and you live in the United States as a permanent resident or a student or worker on a visa, you should, in theory, be able to travel in and out of the United States. 

However, in practice, you may face delays or worse if you leave the country and attempt to return. We recommend you consult with an immigration attorney before leaving the United States. We also recommend that, if possible, you stay in the United States until the Supreme Court issues its final ruling, which may happen late this year or early next year.

4. What CAIR New Jersey And Other Organizations Plan To Do

Please contact us if you experience any difficulty, or have any questions, about these developments. CAIR New Jersey is willing to assist you. 

Finally, please know that the case is not over yet. CAIR and many other organizations plan to continue fighting the Muslim Ban in both the court of law and the court of public opinion. This is critical, for the Supreme Court has apparently missed the broader point. 

If President Trump's Muslim Ban was indeed motivated by anti-Muslim bigotry, then absolutely no part of it is acceptable for any amount of time.

  

 
 

Nearly 300,000 hate crimes occur each year, but only half are reported to law enforcement.

The Vera Institute of Justice is studying experiences of hate crime in New Jersey and Los Angeles County, California.

The purpose of the study is to help improve community and law enforcement responses to hate crimes

and ensure justice for people who are harmed.

You are invited to participate in this short [15 minute], confidential, online survey about hate crime experiences.

Please also invite others in your community to respond at this link:

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/verahatecrime_NJ

 

For more information, contact Dr. Laura Simich This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or Dr. Jacob Kang-Brown This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

at the Vera Institute of Justice www.vera.org.

This study is funded by the National Institute of Justice. 

 

 

 

 

Be aware of threatening mail

Community Alert: Due to an increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes please take extra precautions. Threatening mail has been received by several Masajid in New Jersey and around the country. If you receive an envelope from overseas that resembles the one below, you are advised to handle it with gloves so as to preserve fingerprint evidence, and contact your local police, as well as the NJ OHSP by dialing 211. Once the authorities have been contacted please contact CAIR-NJ at 908-668-5900.

jersey city masjid letter envelop

Community Alert: IRS Phone Scam, Fake IRS Agent Calls

beachbodycoachingscamCitizens around the U.S. are receiving fraudulent calls from con-artists who are posing as IRS agents

CAIR-NJ recently received complaints from community members who have received threatening, fraudulent phone calls from unknown callers who claim to be IRS agents asking for their Social Security numbers. These phone scams are targeting recent immigrants across the nation.

Victims are informed that they owe money to the IRS. The callers provide fake names and IRS badge numbers, and they may have the victim's Social Security Number, and family or other personal information. They urge their victims to promptly send the money via wire transfer or a pre-loaded debit card. Some have even requested to meet with the victim for a cash exchange. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are subsequently threatened with arrest, deportation, litigation or suspension of their business or drivers license. Often, the callers tone is threatening.

Victims may receive follow-up calls posed as local police or MVC in order for further intimidation. Background noises may be heard as to imitate a call site.

The caller may request confirmation of your personal information like a home address, family member name/location, and may request money, bank account number, credit card number, etc. They may leave a message requesting you to call them back, and name your family member names.

CAIR-NJ has started an investigation with the FTC, FBI and IRS but needs you to take the following course of action if you are a victim to further the investigation.

ACTION:

1. Do NOT provide or confirm any personal or financial information. Do not engage in a discussion with the caller. Hang up the phone.

2. Contact CAIR-NJ and make a complaint with our Civil Rights Depatment at (908) 668-5900 or fill out our contact (nj.cair.com/contact-us.html) form

You may also file a police report with your local police department in person for telephone harassment/fraud.

If you know or think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040800-829-1040 and an employee will assist you with the issue.

If you know or are fairly certain you do not owe taxes, then call and report the invident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484800-366-4484

RESOURCES
Related Stories:

Top 12 Tax Scams for 2014 (www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Releases-the-%E2%80%9CDirty-Dozen%E2%80%9D-Tax-Scams-for-2014;-Identity-Theft,-Phone-Scams-Lead-List)

IRS Warns of widespread scam (www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Warns-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam)

New Jersey Attorney General's Office - Consumer Protection Division:
File a Complaint (www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/ocp/)

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