Muslim Travel Ban is Ineffective Policy-Making | Media Mentions

June 30, 2017

Radio & TV

Omar Noureldin Joined Tucker Carlson Live on Muslim Travel Ban (FOX News)

Omar Noureldin Joined CNN-I on Supreme Court Decision to Hear Travel Ban (CNN International)

Quotes & Mentions

DHS John Kelly Defunds, Disinvites Islamic Groups Favored By Barack Obama (Breitbart)

A second likely reason is that officials did not want to invite some of the Islamic advocates who worked with Obama’s deputies. For examples, the invitees to Obama’s Iftar dinners included the president of MPAC, Salam Al-Marayati, whose grant was cut June 23.

U.S. government narrows focus of counter-extremism program (WHTC)

The Muslim Public Affairs Council, a nonprofit group that works to improve public understanding and policies that affect American Muslims, said the Trump Administration revoked its nearly $400,000 grant because the group "did not meet the criteria of working with law enforcement to counter violent extremism."

Supreme Court ruling on travel ban sparks fear, frustration — and joy — in Southern California (The Orange County Register)

Omar H. Noureldin, Vice President of Strategy & Operations at the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) in Los Angeles said the ongoing legal challenges and subsequent back and forth is extending the drama, a conflict that he said “makes Muslims and American Muslims in particular feel they are not welcome.”

DHS Strips Funding From Group That Counters Neo-Nazi Violence (Foreign Policy)

The Muslim Public Affairs Council is another organization that received a grant in the final weeks of the Obama administration, only to see that funding now stripped. In a June 23 statement, the council said that its funding was taken away because it did not work closely with law enforcement, citing the notification letter it had received, and calling the move a “dramatic and worrying change in approach.”

Trump ends funding for group fighting white extremism (Blasting News)

Ten other organizations covered under the Obama administration were also removed, including the University of North Carolina’s $867,000 approved for the production of anti-jihadist videos and the Muslim Public Affairs Council Foundation’s $393,800.

World Refugee Day Community Iftar (Human Rights First)

But this year for Ramadan, I had the honor to attend a community Iftar hosted by Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Veterans for American Ideals, One America Movement, and Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). The best part of the Iftar: it was in honor of World Refugee Day— June 20, 2017—and the food was made by a locally resettled Syrian refugee family.

Trump's Travel Ban, Scotus Decision are 'Government-Sanctioned Discrimination,' Muslim-American Leaders and Allies Say (Newsweek)

Awad was joined on Tuesday by representatives from the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ) and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. They spoke at a news conference held at CAIR’s Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C. and live-streamed on the organization’s Facebook page.

Trump pulls funding for neo-Nazi rehabilitation group (Middle East Eye)

The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), a national organization whose stated mission is to improve policies that impact Muslims, also lost a $400,000 grant after the new standards were applied.

MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati said the government has dismantled a bridge for Muslim communities to engage on the issues.It's going to go back to a hard-power counter-terrorism policy, where it's all going to be law enforcement-driven, Al-Marayati told MEE.

Jeff Sessions Once Opposed A Federal Hate Crimes Law. Now He Vows To Enforce It. (BuzzFeed)

BuzzFeed News obtained a copy of the summit's participant list, and while it didn't include McCaw's group, several other Muslim organizations were invited, including the Islamic Networks Group, the Arab American Institute, and the Muslim Public Affairs Council.



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