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North Texas Immigration Advocate Calls Abbott’s Refugee Resettlement Decision ‘Immoral’

North Texas Immigration Advocate Calls Abbott’s Refugee Resettlement Decision ‘Immoral’


Days after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) informed the Trump administration that his state would not participate in refugee resettlement this year, some immigration advocacy groups voiced their opposition the decision.

“We believe that Gov. Abbott’s decision to not allow new refugees to resettle in the state of Texas is unconscionable, immoral and un-American,” said Fazian Syed, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Dallas-Fort Worth said.

In his letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Abbott cited a need to focus on the people already in Texas and the “broken federal immigration system” he alleged Congress has failed to fix.

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An employee at Chicken Express was sent home for refusing to take off her hijab

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(CNN)An employee of a Chicken Express restaurant in Texas says she faced religious discrimination when a manager sent her home for refusing to take off her hijab, a headscarf worn by many Muslim women.

Stefanae Coleman, 22, arrived at work on Monday wearing a hijab for the first time. As a recent convert to Islam, she said she was excited to don the religious covering and hopeful that her coworkers would be supportive.
But the single mom was left feeling "disrespected, baffled and highly upset" when her manager, citing dress code requirements, told her she could not wear the hijab at work.
"Once I clocked in, the manager said 'Take off anything that doesn't involve Chicken Express,' which I knew he was talking about my hijab," Coleman told CNN...
Coleman returned to work on Tuesday, after the store owner called to apologize for the manager's behavior. However, she said she was still harassed by coworkers who did not support her decision to wear a hijab.
"Stefanae agreed to come to work but due to the overall negative hostile atmosphere at work she couldn't stay and decided to leave," said Faizan Syed, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Texas. The civil rights group is representing Coleman in the matter.
The experience has left Coleman "uncomfortable" and reconsidering her employment with Chicken Express, Coleman said.

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CAIR-DFW: Dallas Fort-Worth Coalition Expresses Outrage at Texas Governor’s Refugee Ban

CAIR-DFW: Dallas Fort-Worth Coalition Expresses Outrage at Texas Governor’s Refugee Ban

(DALLAS, TEXAS, 1/13/2020) – Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, The Islamic Circle of North America Council for Social Justice (ICNA-CSJ), Mar’uf Immigration Services, The Muslim American Society Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (MAS-PACE), the Red Handed Warrior Society (Native American), Faith in Texas, The League of United Latin American Citizens, The Dallas Peace and Justice Center, North Texas Dream Team, and the Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Dallas Fort-Texas (CAIR-DFW) --are expressing outrage at Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to turn away new refugees using the authority granted to state and local officials in Executive Order 13888 signed by President Trump on Sept. 26, 2019.

On Friday, January 10th, Governor Abbott announced that Texas would be the first state to refuse to receive new refugees starting on June 1st, 2020. 42 states have announced that they will continue to accept and resettle refugees.

SEE: Texas's Largest Newspapers Blast Governor for Rejecting Refugees Under Trump Order

In a Statement, the Coalition states unequivocally that...

“Governor Abbott’s decision to not resettle refugees in Texas goes directly against American values, human dignity and morality and even the scriptures of all Abrahamic faiths.

The Statue of Liberty calls to the world: ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.’ The governor’s decision is an affront to the welcoming spirit that defines our nation and the values that all Americans hold dear. Our country has welcomed refugees from the earliest years of our history, when French Hugenots fled Dutch persecution to seek refuge. Since the Refugee Act of 1980, we have accepted hundreds of thousands of individuals fleeing persecution from all over the world. This is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights where world leaders made the commitment not to return people to harm. 

Not only have refugees not been a burden to our system, they have brought their talents and skills which builds, enriches and strengthens our communities and our country. Refugees start businesses. They and their children become our teachers, police officers, community leaders and even members of Congress. 

“To deny the most vulnerable families who have suffered the agony of war, famine and political and social upheaval, and who yearn to rebuild their lives, is of deep concern and must be resisted. This decision is also concerning because it uses fear as a tool to justify inhuman treatment of those most in need.

“Governor Abbott’s decision flies in the face of his own stated religious beliefs. How can any person of faith ignore explicit commandments in all the world’s faiths to welcome the stranger? Texas is a state made stronger by its refugee and immigrant populations. These hard-working individuals come to our nation to rebuild broken lives and to contribute to our society, furthering its success. 

“Churches, community groups, educators and nonprofit leaders have been serving refugee communities for many years. We do not agree that we as a state lack the capacity to continue to accept and benefit from the contributions that refugees bring. 

“We call on all Texans to contact Governor Abbott and express your concerns, disappointment and utter dismay. Only by continuing to accept refugees will we live in a State that we are all proud to call home.”


CONTACT GOVERNOR ABBOTT: call, (512) 463-2000.

Amplify on Social Media: 

  • @GovAbbott: I’m a Texan and I welcome refugees. Why are you preventing Texas communities from welcoming refugees? #RefugeesWelcome (click to tweet:
  • Texan communities, faith leaders, and businesspeople have all said YES to refugees. @GovAbbott: Please don’t stop us from welcoming the stranger. #RefugeesWelcomeTX (click to tweet:

Sign the Petition: Tell Governor Abbott That Texas Welcomes Refugees

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed, 469-290-2909, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Muslim convert says she was sent home after she refused to remove her hijab for work at Chicken Express in Texas

22916760 7845687 image a 52 1577983326179Coleman claimed that after she cut off her camera, the manager said: 'If it isn't branded by chicken express you can't wear it, we don't care about your religion because it has nothing to do with the store.'

In regards to issues of health and safety raised by Twitter commenters, Coleman said she works on the front counter: 'I barely deal with food.'

She added: 'In the hand book they say they have 'equal opportunity for every religion' so yes I FELT comfortable working there.'

The company's handbook states that 'only the Chicken Express hats or visors may be worn' but does not include guidelines on religious exceptions.

But Coleman feels too 'uncomfortable' to return.

'Stefanae agreed to come to work but due to the overall negative hostile atmosphere at work she couldn't stay and decided to leave,' Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR in Texas told CNN.

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Gilmer business owner kicked out of Chamber, under fire for controversial Facebook post

GILMER, Texas (KETK) A Facebook post made by a Gilmer business woman has sparked quite the outrage on social media, along with the termination of her membership to the Chamber of Commerce.

The woman identified on social media as the owner of Market Bistro and Ladyfingers Bakery, Lisa Gaines, posted to her personal Facebook the post below, but has since taken it down.

Since the posting this past weekend, Gaines has taken down the Ladyfingers Cakes Facebook page, as well as her own.

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