Maryland State, US (IINA) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, on Wednesday applauded the moves by two Maryland cities to support Muslim immigrants and refugees.
College Park City Council passed a resolution on Tuesday night condemning Donald Trump's so-called Muslim ban. The city council voted to submit a letter in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to federal officials. On Monday night, the Annapolis City Council voted to prevent the locality's residents from discrimination based on their immigration status.
CAIR joined residents in submitting testimony in favor of the anti-Muslim ban resolution at the College Park City Council hearing. After listening to testimonies, council members voted unanimously in support.
The Annapolis public hearing was packed with supporters mobilized in large part by CASA, a Latino and immigrant organization in Maryland. The non-discrimination bill passed with six votes. With this vote, Annapolis city officials now cannot inquire about a person's immigration status unless required by law, nor can they deny someone services based on immigration status unless as required by statute.
However, the law does not prevent the Annapolis City officials from working with the federal legislation enforcement on immigration enforcement activities related to criminal activity.
"These victories are a testimony to the fact that elected officials in these localities are committed to the safety and security of their most vulnerable residents," said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry. "In the current political climate, these actions send a strong message of hope and solidarity to immigrants, refugees and Muslims."
Source: International Islamic News Agency