In the wake of a controversial executive order signed by President Donald Trump halting refugees from specific nations entering the United States, one of the largest Muslim civil rights group is calling on all citizens observing the religion to refuse any additional questions they are asked when entering or exiting the country.
The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a statement against the recent moves by the Trump administration, saying it continues to “disproportionately target American Muslim citizens.”
CAIR-FL says all American citizens of the Muslim faith make up 50 to 75 percent of those selected for secondary inspection when traveling – despite being just one percent of the population. The organization encourages members to comply and be truthful with officials and give basic information when asked.
Officials say agents and other officers have asked people questions that include how often they pray and what is preached at their mosque. CAIR says anyone who feels they are being profiled because of their faith should ask to speak to a supervisor immediately as well as a lawyer if they are not released.