(Houston, TX - 12/5/2017) The Houston, Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today responded to the Supreme Court’s reinstatement of the Muslim Ban by issuing a travel alert to Greater Houston area Muslims, as well as local businesses and schools, with connections to citizens of the six targeted Muslim-majority nations. “Due to the fact that anti-Muslim bigotry is the motivation of President Trump’s travel ban, no part of the ban should take effect for any length of time,” said Mustafaa Carroll, executive director of CAIR Houston”.
As a precaution, CAIR Houston warns citizens of the targeted countries who are present in the Houston area as lawful permanent residents, students, workers, or tourists to consult with an immigration attorney before traveling overseas. CAIR Houston also encouraged anyone who thinks they may be impacted by the latest Muslim Ban to contact the civil rights organization or an immigration attorney. Given that the Ban only impacts foreign nationals who do not yet have visas, CAIR Houston does not expect any travelers to be detained at Houston Intercontinental (IAH) or Houston Hobby (HOU) Airports.
Carroll said, “Although we expect that the Supreme Court will ultimately overturn this unjust and unconstitutional policy, President Trump is now able to ban travelers from the targeted Muslims countries, even if they have family, job offers, or educational opportunities in the United States.”
CONTACT: Mustafaa Carroll, Executive Director (832) 549-1042, [email protected]; Arsalan Safiullah, CAIR-Houston Attorney, (713) 366-6686