The Council of America-Islamic Relations (CAIR) – a Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islamist group — went on the rampage against President Trump’s temporary ban on immigration he instituted due to the coronavirus crisis.
Only they were wrong.
Due to the shortage and loss of American jobs due to COVID-19, the president issued an executive order banning for 60 days the processing of permanent residency visas (green cards).
“It would be wrong and unjust for Americans laid off by the virus to be replaced with new immigrants, labor flown in from abroad,” Trump said at a recent press conference, noting that 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment in recent weeks. “We must first take care of the American worker …”
However, the ban includes only permanent residents and exempts hundreds of thousands of temporary immigrants — including farm workers, landscapers and crab pickers as well as essential workers including health care workers. The ban also exempts immigrants who come into the United States through immediate family members.
In addition, most visa services have already been on hold due to the coronavirus crisis.
Yet, that did not stop CAIR’s National Executive Director Nihad Awad from issuing a statement calling out the president for banning essential health care workers and (as is usual) calling the president xenophobic:
“President Trump’s threat to ban anyone from immigrating to the United States represents merely his latest attempt to transform anti-immigrant bigotry into xenophobic government policy.
“Trump’s ill-defined, insidious and irrational tweet insults the thousands of immigrants who are risking their lives in the fight against COVID-19 as health care, pharmacy, manufacturing, transportation, and grocery workers, among other critical roles …
“Xenophobia cannot stop the spread of the COVID-19, nor can Trump’s increasingly desperate and unhinged statements …”
CAIR pulled a similar stunt recently, willingly ignoring the intent of the president’s answer to a journalist who asked if authorities would be holding mosques to the same standards of social distancing during the upcoming Muslim month of Ramadan as they did churches over the Easter holiday.
Trump said there “could be a difference” and went on to clarify that he did not agree with how authorities went after churches, saying “I don’t want them to go after mosques.”
Over Easter, authorities in some states shut down drive-through churches, where congregants remained in their cars – clearly within the rules of social distancing.
Still, CAIR lashed out against the president, accusing him of “fanning the flames of bigotry.”
Again, we plead for CAIR as well as all other partisan players to at least sling truth as opposed to mud while many in this country cannot put food on the table to feed their families during this unprecedented medical and economic crisis. Maybe that’s too much for an organization that was an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest U.S. terror funding case to date.
Or maybe they just need to learn how to read.
Editor’s note: Clarion Project is an apolitical organization. All commentary on politics is fact-based and solely for the purpose of fulfilling our mission of educating the public about the dangers of ideological extremism.