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(DALLAS, TEXAS, 2/15/19) — The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) today condemned President Donald Trump’s border wall emergency declaration as racist and an abuse of executive power.

By mislabeling the humanitarian crisis on the southern border as a national threat, Trump hopes to get almost $8bn to build a wall between Mexico and the US.

“We should be building bridges, not walls that are meant to exclude people of color trying to escape violence and grinding poverty or simply to reunite with their families,” said Ekram Haque,CAIR-DFW acting executive director. “We need a humane immigration policy that does not turn a blind eye to human suffering. America was built by immigrants, many of whom were non-whites.”

See: Pelosi, Schumer slam Trump for national emergency declaration: ‘Congress cannot let the president shred the Constitution.’

CAIR is calling on all members of Congress to speak out against President Trump’s unconstitutional emergency declaration.

In a statement yesterday, CAIR said:

“CAIR condemns President Trump’s planned declaration of emergency powers to construct a border wall that is primarily motivated by an anti-immigrant ideology designed to ‘make America white again.’ Such a declaration would be an abuse of executive authority and would immediately invite legitimate constitutional and congressional challenges.

“Refugee asylum seekers, unaccompanied children or undocumented immigrants seeking work or to reunite with their families do not constitute a ‘national emergency.’”


CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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 Acting Executive Director Ekram Haque, 469-463-1861,