CAIR-Florida Launches Campaign to Educate on Border Detentions with Satirical “Your Rights at the Border” Video and Survey to Document Border Incidents.
Public awareness video being released following increment of detentions targeting American Muslims such as Muhammad Ali’s son being detained and asked about his religion by immigration agents at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport.
(Miami, FL – 3/24/2017) CAIR-Florida, the state’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today launched a satirical public awareness campaign video to denounce the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for intrusive questioning and secondary screenings of Muslims at airports. A recent notable religious profiling event occurred on February 24th when Federal Agents detained Muhammad Ali, Jr. and asked him directly about his religious preferences.
CAIR-Florida’s “Your Rights at the Border” video portrays a hypothetical encounter between an American Muslim and a CBP agent while crossing the Canadian border into the United States. The American Muslim experienced over-intrusive questioning and inappropriate searches by the CBP agent. The video includes a legal disclaimer stating that the film does not constitute legal advice and provides CAIR-Florida’s phone number, 813-514-1414, to schedule an appointment with an attorney.
The educational campaign has been launched with a second component. CAIR-Florida is conducting a “Share Your Experience at the Border” survey to further document CBP’s targeting of Muslims in Florida.
“Unfortunately, American Muslims are experiencing heightened discriminatory profiling and questioning while crossing our borders. We are hoping that this video helps to create public awareness and encourages our community to get legal advice and training about their rights at the border. Education is of utmost importance to keep our community members traveling safe and freely and for them to know that their Constitutional rights are protected. This survey is intended to document, expose, and better challenge CBP’s targeting of Muslims in Florida,” said Wilfredo Amr Ruiz, Esq., CAIR-Florida’s Communications Director.
Recent media coverage:
1. Even Muslim-American Citizens Have Been Caught in the Net of Trump’s Travel Ban
2. American Citizens: U.S. Border Agents Can Search Your Cellphone [*also reported as: Traveling While Muslim? US Border Agents Can Search Your Phone
3. US border agents ask Muhammad Ali's son: 'Are you a Muslim?'
CAIR-Florida is the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR-Florida es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
CAIR-Florida Communications Director, Wilfredo A. Ruiz, Esq., email@example.com; 305.502.6749
CAIR-Florida Chief Executive Director, Hassan Shibly, Esq., firstname.lastname@example.org; 813-514-1414