The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has issued a statement congratulating Democratic President-elect Joe Biden on his victory, vowing to hold the Biden Administration accountable on Muslim inclusion and civil rights issues. According to the statement by CAIR executive director Nihad Awad:
CAIR congratulates President-Elect Joe Biden on his electoral victory, and for building an inclusive election campaign focused on the unity of our nation. “President-elect Biden has pledged to end the Muslim Ban on his first day in office, include Muslims at every level of his administration and address issues of racial and religious discrimination. “We plan to join other American Muslim leaders and organizations in ensuring that the Biden administration fulfills these promises. We also plan to continue holding our government accountable when it errs.”
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CAIR also called on Congress and the President-elect to enact and implement several civil rights reforms, including ending “discriminatory” immigration and vetting policies and allowing greater capital access for faith-based communities to mitigate the COVID-19 crisis. CAIR further said it urged the Biden Administration to defund anti-radicalization initiatives, including the Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grant Program (TVTP), which it accused of having an anti-Muslim bias.
Recent Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reporting on CAIR and the US elections has included:
- A report that a 27-year-old CAIR state chapter board member has been elected to the Oklahoma state legislature.
- A report that CAIR was part of a coalition of Muslim and Arab groups tied to the US Muslim Brotherhood that launched a voter registration drive headed by individuals strongly opposed to Donald Trump.
- A report that CAIR was part of a group of American Muslim advocacy organizations tied to the US Muslim Brotherhood that conducted a pre-election “Muslims In America Policy Poll,” surveying 1,500 people in 45 states who were asked to prioritize policy issues.
- A report that California Democratic Party officials working for CAIR had authored an election voting guide positively rating votes by Democrat lawmakers, including Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who earlier had sent letters of support to CAIR.
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is part of the Global Muslim Brotherhood, a transnational Islamist network covered by the GIOR. It describes itself as “a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group” and “America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group.” It was founded in 1994 by three officers of the Islamic Association of Palestine, part of the U.S. Hamas infrastructure at that time.
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