Declaring their solidarity with the children of illegal immigrants, a prominent Muslim activist and several leaders of a U.S. front-organization for the Muslim Brotherhood were among the people arrested Monday in a protest outside the office of House Speaker Paul Ryan in which they demanded a meeting to express their concerns.
Capitol Police led away in handcuffs Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and two CAIR chapter leaders along with Linda Sarsour, the former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, who drew national attention last year as co-chairman of the Women’s March . . .
The other protesters arrested Monday were Dawud Walid, executive director of CAIR Michigan; Zahra Billoo, civil-rights attorney and the executive director of CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area chapter; Omar Suleiman, president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research; Mujahid Fletcher, CEO of the advertising agency FocusPoint Studios; and Talib Shareef, president and imam of the Nation’s Mosque, Masjid Muhammad, in Washington, D.C.
Suleiman said Trump administration immigration policies are “creating real fear,” explaining he and his colleagues are fighting white supremacy because “Islamophobia,” racism and hostility against immigrants all stem from the same roots, reported Al Jazeera.
The White House and Republican and Democratic congressional leaders are engaged in negotiations over the status of nearly 700,000 children in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, established through a constitutionally questionable executive order by President Obama. Trump announced last year a plan to phase out the program and set a deadline of March 5 for Congress to decide the fate of the illegal immigrants. However, a lower court ordered the administration to continue to accept renewal applications indefinitely, and the U.S. Supreme Court declined last month to take up the administration’s appeal. (Read more from “Top Muslim Leaders Arrested at Speaker Ryan’s Office” HERE)