CAIR Cincinnati

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Rallies are set in Cincinnati for Friday and Saturday to protest a pair of policies involving immigration.

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In a 5-4 ruling that gave broad leeway to presidential authority, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Trump's travel ban that barred nearly all travelers from five mainly Muslim countries as well as North Korea and Venezuela.

The president's proclamation was "squarely within the scope of Presidential authority under the INA," the court wrote in its majority opinion, referring to the Immigration and Nationality Act.

"A moment of profound vindication"

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A local Muslim advocacy group is concerned by a proposed immigration ban. The Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calls President Donald Trump's plans on immigration "misguided."

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In October, the local chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations or CAIR sent an advisory to members saying if the FBI contacted them, a lawyer would be available to assist.

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The local chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations has watched Donald Trump's campaign with some trepidation.

CAIR executive director Karen Dabdoub says there's concern based on Trump's comments about deportations during the campaign.


From Citizen to Enemy, a program presented by the Cincinnati chapters of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), aims to educate on the historical context and dangers of fear-mongering in the United States. 

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This story has been updated.

Cincinnati's chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says it's filing a complaint against Delta Airlines. CAIR says it's filing the complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation for religious profiling against a Muslim couple from West Chester.

The rise of ISIS and the recent terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino have a large majority of Americans fearful of future attacks in the United States. And that fear, heightened by political rhetoric, misinformation, and a basic lack of knowledge about Islam, has caused some Americans to unjustly point to all Muslims as a threat.

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After the terror attacks in Paris last week, several U.S. Governors, including those in Ohio, Indiana, and the governor-elect of Kentucky, have said they don't want Syrian refugees settled in their states, citing security concerns.

Local Muslim groups are criticizing the statements.  

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UPDATE:  DHL Global Mail  responded Friday to CAIR's allegations, saying they're unfounded.   The company denied any wrongdoing and said it would fully defend itself in any future action.  DHL also said it accommodates reasonable religious practices and provides equal opportunities to all employees.


The Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is filing a federal complaint on behalf of 24 former employees at the DHL Global Mail facility in Hebron, Kentucky.  The Muslim civil rights group says DHL fired the workers last month in a dispute over prayer breaks. 

CAIR's complaint, filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, said the workers were exercising religious rights protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The act prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals because of their religion in hiring, firing and other terms and conditions of employment.  It also requires employers to reasonably accommodate the religious practices of an employee , unless doing so would cause an undue hardship for the company.

"In this case, the DHL workers had been using their break time to perform their evening prayer," said  CAIR-Cincinnati Staff Attorney Booker Washington.  "The company reportedly decided to eliminate flexible break time, thereby preventing the men and women from practicing their faith.  When the workers asserted their rights, they were all fired."

The workers were fired October 9.

"They should think this over and they should know that religion is religion, there's no choice to it,"  said Shahira Abdullah, one of the 13 women and 11 men the company let go.  "Other people have to follow the rules, just like we're supposed to follow their rules."

DHL has not commented on the case.