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The travel ban was only the beginning. After four years of anti-Muslim hostility, the Biden administration is an opportunity for change.

by Imraan Siddiqi and Brianna Auffray / originally published on Crosscut on November 17, 2020

The election of Joe Biden is a sign that the majority of Americans reject Donald Trump’s xenophobic, Islamophobic and anti-immigrant administration. A Biden-Harris administration ushers in a new phase in which the call to repeal the “Muslim ban” will be heard, and our policy and advocacy work is poised to push the nation toward its ideals of liberty and justice for all.

The Trump presidency has been traumatic for many in the Muslim community. The travel ban, which bars travelers from Muslim-majority countries (and which…


[IMPORTANT: In mid-March, homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.]

The Trump administration tried its hardest to scare our communities away from participating in the 2020 Census this year because they know how important it is for for building political power and securing resources.

Their attempts to include a citizenship question on the census FAILED. …


By Iman Mohamed

Iman Mohamed is the Media Coordinator at CAIR Washington. She also works as a Digital Media intern at YES! Magazine in Seattle, WA.

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While many celebrated the beginning of Black History Month a couple of weeks ago, our president and his administration celebrated by expanding the Muslim Ban to include seven more countries — five of which are African.

In total, nine of the thirteen countries listed on the Muslim Ban are now African, causing many of the continent’s diaspora to refer to it as the #AfricanBan. …


Iranian-American Negah Hekmati speaks about her expericne being held at the border with her two small children for 5 hours.
Iranian-American Negah Hekmati speaks about her expericne being held at the border with her two small children for 5 hours.
Iranian-American Negah Hekmati speaks at a press conference with Rep. Pramila Jayapal about her experience being profiled and held at the border with her two small children for 5 hours.

By Masih Fouladi

Masih Fouladi is an Iranian-American lawyer who serves as Executive Director of CAIR Washington, the Washington chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He assisted some of the 150+ Iranian-Americans at the U.S.-Canadian border on January 4th and 5th, 2020.

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“What do you think of the current tensions between the United States and Iran?” “What are the names and emails of all of your Iranian family members?” “What are all of your social media handles?”

These are just a few of the intrusive questions immigration officers with Customs and Border Patrol asked Iranian-Americans detained at the Peace Arch Border Crossing on the U.S.-Canadian border as they were returning home the weekend of January 4th and 5th.

When my phone rang late Saturday evening with calls for help from the border, I was neither shocked…

CAIR Washington

CAIR Washington is a grassroots civil rights and advocacy organization based in Seattle working to empower Muslims in Washington state.

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