The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a ruling by the full panel of 13 judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit that refused to lift a nationwide injunction blocking President Donald Trump’s revised “Muslim ban” executive order. Read More
CAIR-Ohio is a proud supporter of the Sharing Ramadan initiative started by CAIR National as a way to help educate our fellow Ohioans about the month of Ramadan and in the process, educate our neighbors, colleagues, and friends about Islam and Muslims in Ohio. Given that sharing and appreciation are essential components of Ramadan, all three CAIR-Ohio Chapters host a Sharing Ramadan Interfaith Iftar every year.
The CAIR-Columbus 21st Annual Sharing Ramadan Iftar will take place this year on Friday, June 2 at the Dublin Recreation Center. Click here for more details and to RSVP Read More
On Friday, May 19, CAIR-Columbus Legal Director Romin Iqbal, gave a presentation at the annual spring meeting of the Ohio Management Lawyers Association (“OMLA”) on issues relating to providing religious accommodations for Muslims in the workplace. Read More
In March 2017, CAIR-Columbus filed a mandamus lawsuit in federal court in Columbus on behalf of 10 Somali refugees whose green card applications had been pending for almost 3 years without adjudication.
See: CAIR-Columbus Files Immigration Delay Lawsuits
“We are happy to announce that since the filing in March, we were able to obtain green cards for 6 of the ten plaintiffs in the case, and expect the other four plaintiffs will be receiving their green cards soon as well,” said Executive Director Jennifer Nimer. Read More
CAIR-Columbus announced today that is has filed another lawsuit against USCIS and the FBI for unreasonably delaying the citizenship application of an Iranian national who has been a permanent resident of the United States since 2007. This lawsuit marks the thirteenth plaintiff CAIR-Columbus is currently representing in Federal Court with some type of immigration application delay just since the beginning of 2017 alone. Read More
CAIR reported today that more than 400 delegates from 30 states, including a large delegation from Ohio organized by CAIR-Columbus, met on Monday and Tuesday with some 230 elected officials and congressional staffers during the record-breaking third annual “National Muslim Advocacy Day” on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Click here to view photos of the CAIR-Columbus Ohio Delegation Meetings Read More
Franklin County Commissioner Kevin Boyce together with the newly-formed New American Advisory Council, which CAIR-Columbus is a part of, will host a New American Forum on Wednesday, May 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The event will foster dialogue and familiarity on the challenges and opportunities facing Franklin County’s immigrant community, while raising awareness and promoting integration through community engagement. Read More
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today reported preliminary data revealing that cases of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) profiling of Muslims accounted for 23 percent of CAIR case intakes in the first three months of 2017. This represents a 1,035 percent increase in CBP bias cases reported so far this year over the same period in 2016. Read More
On Monday, May 1, through Tuesday, May 2, CAIR-Columbus and a group of its members will join more than 350 Muslims from 26 states for the third annual National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Read More
On Sunday, April 23, CAIR-Columbus Legal Director Romin Iqbal spoke at a town hall meeting jointly organized by the Indivisible Group Districts 3, 12, and 15 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Columbus. Read More
(COLUMBUS, 4/16/2017) – The Columbus office of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Columbus) today thanked those who contributed to the success of its 20th Annual Banquet and Fundraiser on Saturday, April 15. Click here to view a photo album of the event. Read More
Yesterday, President Trump rolled-back FCC protections designed to stop your internet provider from selling your internet history without your permission. Now ISPs can make a quick buck by selling your data to big business or even the government. The changes go farther, allowing ISPs to implement new technologies to spy on their users and break the encryption that keeps millions of Americans depend on.
At a time when we spend an expanding part of our lives online, digital privacy is indispensable to our civil rights. CAIR-Ohio recently helped file a brief in federal court, arguing that a warrant should be needed to search your phone at the border. Read More
CAIR-Columbus Legal Director Romin Iqbal participated in a town-hall debate organized by local news station ABC6 on March 20, 2017. The debate was on the new refugee and travel ban on six Muslim majority countries by President Trump. Iqbal opposed the ban and debated the issue with Mr. Jason Beardsley and Mr. Michael Gonidakis who were in support of the ban. The debate was lively with a lot of back and forth between the three participants. Iqbal argued that the ban did not advance US security interests, that it was, in fact, detrimental to American interests and that the ban would not be able to survive Court challenges on its constitutionality.
You can watch the debate at: http://abc6onyourside.com/news/local/town-hall-immigration-and-the-state-of-the-union
CAIR-Columbus Legal Director Romin Iqbal gave a presentation at the North Congregational United Church of Christ on March 26, 2017. The presentation was well attended by members of the Church and lasted for around ninety minutes. In the first half of the presentation, Iqbal spoke about the legal issues relating to the travel and refugee ban by the President, the new directive by the DHS on treatment of undocumented migrants, and the various civil rights challenges faced by the Muslim community in Ohio. The first half was followed by a question and answer session where Iqbal took questions from an attentive audience on the travel ban, on avenues for providing support to the Ohio Muslim community, and on other issues covered in his presentation.