UPDATE ON SUPREME COURT DECISION REGARDING THE MUSLIM BAN

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June
26

The US Supreme Court will hear the Muslim Ban cases in October. In the meantime they have lifted the injunctions on parts of the ban.

Here are the main points you need to know:
Starting Thursday June 29 at 10:30 am If you are from these 6 countries (Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Sudan) and don’t have a bona fide relationship (personal, work, study) AND don’t already have a visa by June 28, 2017 – you can’t get a visa or enter the United States for 90 days starting June 29, 2017.

It will be up to the State Department at the US embassy/consulate abroad and CBP at U.S. customs to determine whether the visitor has a “bona fide” relationship.

– Trump administration will be allowed to enforce the ban starting on Thursday, June 29 (72 hours after the court’s ruling was issued).

– Anyone with a “bona fide relationship” with a person or organization in America will be allowed to enter, as will anyone who already has a valid visa to enter the US. In practice, according to the ruling, that means that people coming “to live with or visit a family member” will be allowed into the US. So will people coming to study “are already admitted in a U.S. institution”, teach, or speak at American schools or work “already have a job offer from an American business.”

– Due to the Court’s ruling, the Trump administration will be able to bar citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States for a period of 90 days, and bar nearly all refugees from entering the US for a period of 120 days — but only if they haven’t already been issued a valid visa, and only if they don’t have a “bona fide relationship”

– Refugees who don’t have jobs, and those who don’t have close family wont be allowed to enter for 120 days starting June 29, 2017. There is some confusion here as to whether simply being a client of a resettlement agency counts as a “bona fide” relationship. All refugees already have that relationship. It’s not clear whether the Trump administration will accept this.

CAIR-Columbus Update on the Muslim Ban & Community Travel Advisory

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June
23

This week, the United States Supreme Court plans to conduct an initial review of President Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0, which has been blocked from taking effect due to the federal court cases in Maryland and Hawaii.

Judges in those cases issued nationwide injunctions preventing implementation of sections 2(c) and 6 of the Ban, which barred travel from the six designated countries and suspended refugee processing.  The federal government has appealed those cases.  The Fourth and Ninth Circuits have both upheld the injunctions.  At this point the federal government has filed a petition for certiorari with the Supreme Court, meaning they have asked the Court to hear one or both cases.  This week the US Supreme Court will decide whether to hear the cases and also whether to grant or deny a stay of the current injunctions (meaning the ban would go back into effect).   Read More

CAIR to Represent Family of Murdered Virginia Muslim Teen Nabra Hassanen

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June
22

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/21/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said it is representing the family of a Virginia Muslim teen who was murdered Sunday.

Nabra Hassanen, 17, of Reston, Va., was abducted after leaving the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque in northern Virginia allegedly by a man who was later arrested on suspicion of murder. CAIR has called for a thorough investigation of a possible bias motive in the case.

CAIR: Muslims Question Whether Girl’s Killing was Road Rage (AP)
CAIR: Killing of Muslim Teen Stirs Questions About Hate Crime Prosecutions (Washington Post) Read More

June
19

Security Alert: CAIR Asks Muslim Community to Step Up Security Measures for End-of-Ramadan Activities After Recent Attacks

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Muslim communities nationwide to step up securitymeasures for end-of-Ramadan activities following a terror attack on Muslims outside a mosque in London, the murder of a Muslim teen near a Virginia mosque and the murder of two men who defended a Muslim being harassed in Oregon.   Read More

Help us Reach our $40k Ramadan Fundraising Goal!

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June
10

Asalamu Alaykum (Peace be upon you) and Ramadan Mubarak!

During this holy month, we ask Allah to accept our good deeds and forgive us for our shortcomings. Ramadan is a time we reflect on our actions and recommit to our goals and mission.  Thanks to your support in these challenging times, we are committed more than ever to promote justice, enhance the understanding of Islam, and empower American Muslims. 

Together, in this month of generosity and charity, we hope that you will donate to sustain and grow CAIR-Columbus' work.  Your gift of $5,000, $1,000, $500, $250, $100, or any amount will be used directly to safeguard the liberties of Muslims and other Americans.

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June
5

(COLUMBUS, OHIO, 6/4/2017) –The Columbus, Ohio, chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Columbus) held a news conference today to call on law enforcement authorities to investigate an attack yesterday on a Muslim woman in that city as a possible hate crime and to urge police to arrest the alleged assailant.  Read More

CAIR-Columbus Welcomes 4th Circuit Ruling Against Muslim Ban

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May
26

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

Ramadan Q&A and the Importance of Sharing Ramadan

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May
25

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

CAIR-Columbus Resolves Six Refugee Green Card Delays

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May
17

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

May
11

On Thursday, May 11 at Capital University Law School from 6-8pm join CAIR-Columbus, the ACLU of Ohio, Ohio Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and the American Constitution Society – Columbus Lawyer Chapter for this timely CLE program. (Two hours of CLE credit pending approval from Supreme Court of Ohio.) Featuring Romin Iqbal, Jennifer Nimer, and Amna Akbar. Read More

CAIR-Columbus Files Citizenship Delay Lawsuit for 13th Plaintiff This Year

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May
5

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

Record Number of Muslim Delegates Lobby Congress on National Advocacy Day

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May
3

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, Community Leaders to Host New American Forum

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April
28

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

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