Friday, March 9, 2007

Victory in the Senate!

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Victory! Senate Amendment on Charities, Due Process Defeated!

Muslim Advocates this week helped to defeat a troubling amendment that would have further criminalized well-intentioned humanitarian assistance to the needy around the world, including the Muslim world. In a 49-46 vote today, the U.S. Senate rejected an amendment offered by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX).

This amendment was written so broadly that it could have made it a crime for individuals, including Americans and US aid and relief organizations, to give charitable assistance to a family member or anyone who might live next door to a suspected terrorist.

This amendment also contained other problematic provisions, including a proposal to remove the role of the courts in reviewing visa revocation decisions.

Muslim Advocates worked closely with a number of organizations to defeat the amendment. We especially thank the ACLU, Center for National Security Studies, Muslim Public Affairs Council, OMB Watch and the Rights Working Group for their fast and furious work on this issue.

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