For Immediate Release
CAIR Urges Trump Administration Not to Appoint Wisc. Sheriff Who Supported 'Patrols' in Muslim Neighborhoods to DHS Post
WASHINGTON - The Council on American-Islamic relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urged the Trump administration not to appoint Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. to a post with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Sources say Clarke will be appointed as assistant secretary at the DHS's Office of Partnership and Engagement, a position of that does not require Senate confirmation.
Last year, Clarke supported then GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz's call for law enforcement to "patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods." CAIR expressed concern that such a policy would lead to religious and ethnic profiling by officers and called the policy "unworkable, unconstitutional and counterproductive."
Clarke also caused controversy with his claim that the Black Lives Matter movement would "join forces" with the terror group ISIS. He is facing protests today because he wants his officers to operate as federal immigration agents.
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"Given Sheriff Clarke's history of extremist views, and his support for counterproductive and un-American policy proposals, it would be inappropriate to appoint him to any government position -- let alone one involving public outreach," said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.
McCaw noted that Clarke would join many other infamous Islamophobes in, or recently removed from the Trump administration, including Sebastian Gorka, Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn, and Stephen Miller. Many of the administration's picks are themselves on record as making anti-Muslim statements or of working closely with anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists.
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CAIR's national headquarters recently decried what it termed the Trump administration's "deafening silence" on a growing number of anti-Muslim incidents nationwide since the November 8 election.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.