Action Alert: Tell Lawmakers to Reject Two ‘Reckless’ Bills Moving in Congress After Paris Attacks

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/20/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on all Americans to contact their elected representatives in Congress and urge them to reject two reckless bills, whose sponsors are taking advantage of public fears following the recent ISIS terrorist attacks in Paris.

Tell the Senate to Reject the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015 (H.R. 4038)

Also referred to as the American SAFE Act of 2015, the measure was sent to the Senate yesterday by the House in a veto-proof majority vote, 289-137, despite the White House’s threat to reject the measure. The act would effectively halt President Obama’s plan to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees.

SEE: CAIR Rejects in Strongest Terms House Adopted Act Halting Syrian & Iraqi Refugees

The act requires the heads of the DHS, FBI and Director of National Intelligence to individually certify that every Syrian and Iraqi refugee being resettled inside the United States does not pose a threat.

CAIR opposes the act because no top agency official would ever submit themselves to such a certification process or take personal responsibly for the actions of every refugee resettled in the United States over the course of their lifetimes.
 
The measure’s burdensome review process would also “halt” the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees as new screening and approval programs would have to be established to comply with the act.

CAIR believes that Syrian refugees are the first victims of ISIS’s terrorism and should not be made to suffer any more delays in their perilous journey to find shelter and safety.

Tell the House to Reject the Deeply-Flawed Countering Violent Extremism Act of 2015 (H.R. 2899)

Also referred to as the CVE Act of 2015, this deeply-flawed act was approved by the House Homeland Security Committee in July but not referred to be scheduled for a vote until a week after the Paris attacks. It is expected that the act will soon be assigned a date to be debated and voted on the House floor.

If adopted, the legislation would create a new assistant secretary position in DHS and provide $40 million spread over four years to fund an Office for Countering Violent Extremism.

In July, CAIR joined 41 groups raising concerns about the act contained in a letter led by the Brennan Center for Justice, noting that “despite years of experience with CVE programming in the U.S. and abroad, there is no evidentiary basis for concluding that these programs contribute to reducing terrorism.”   

CAIR believes that expanding government and throwing taxpayer dollars into an unproven program is not a solution Americans should support.

SEE: CAIR: 42 Groups Raise Concerns About Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Legislation

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-341-4171, nnaeem@cair.com


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