The resolution, which passed 63-18, was made due to concern that the organization and its officials have links to terror groups. It carries no force of law.
CAIR describes itself as “America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group,” but in 2007, the U.S. government labeled CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation for financing the Hamas terrorist group.
In November 2014, CAIR was designated as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates along with a host of other Muslim Brotherhood entities.
CAIR was listed by a U.S. district court among “individuals/entities who are/were members of the U.S.Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee and/or its organizations.” The Palestine Committee is a secret body set up to advance the Brotherhood/Hamas agenda.
The FBI subsequently severed official contacts with the group, saying it “does not view CAIR as an appropriate liaison partner.”
On July 1, 2009, U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis upheld CAIR’s designation as an unindicted co-conspirator because of “ample evidence” linking it to Hamas.
One of the supporters of the Louisiana resolution, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-Bossier), noted that the resolution was not a statements against “people who believe in the Islamic faith,” but rather a statement against terrorism.
Before the resolution passed, Rep. Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe) added a clause stating that the resolution would have “no effect” until the U.S. Justice Department determines that the organization supported terrorist activity.