The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) revealed on Wednesday that the organization is officially partnering with the United States Census Bureau to promote Muslim participation in the upcoming decennial census.
“CAIR is proud to partner with the U.S. Census Bureau to ensure American Muslims are fairly and accurately counted in the 2020 Census,” Nihad Awad, CAIR’s National Executive Director, said in a press release. “Full participation in the census ensures that American Muslims will be better represented in Congress and that their communities receive an equal share in state and federal programs.”
The census, which is conducted every decade, aims to count every living person inside the United States and its territories and collect data about the American people and the economy. In addition to allocating the number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives that each state receives, the census also helps determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed in the form of public assistance or grant applications.
“CAIR wants to ensure that not only are American Muslim communities being fairly counted, but that their neighbors are getting a fair share in federal and state funding,” the organization wrote in a statement.
The organization will also be working in partnership with the Census Bureau to prevent Muslim communities from being the possible targets of scams.
CAIR, the self-proclaimed largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization in America, has a stated mission to “enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims,” according to its own website.
However, the organization has strong ties to the Palestinian-Arab Sunni fundamentalist group Hamas and Hamas’s transnational Sunni Islamist patron, the Muslim Brotherhood. In 2008, the U.S. Department of Justice listed CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in funneling millions of dollars to Hamas, as part of a vast network — centered around the now-defunct Texas-based Holy Land Foundation — supporting the terrorist organization. And the United Arab Emirates named CAIR a terrorist organization, along with al-Qaeda and ISIS, in November 2014 due to its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
While the United States government has not officially designated CAIR or the Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist organizations, CAIR launched a smear campaign against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in 2017 after the Texas senator introduced legislation that would change the Muslim Brotherhood’s terrorist designation.
“The Muslim Brotherhood does not represent the Muslim community; they antagonize it,” Cruz told The Washington Free Beacon at the time. “If CAIR’s true mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, and empower American Muslims, it would be of great value to denounce the Muslim Brotherhood, along with its radical teachings and commitment to violent jihad.”
David Reaboi, a national security expert and political warfare consultant, echoed a similar sentiment.
“As the debate on the Brotherhood heats up, Americans shouldn’t be surprised to see those who’ve argued for decades that Hamas isn’t a terrorist group are also adamant that the Muslim Brotherhood isn’t one either,” Reaboi told the Free Beacon.
UPDATE: The U.S. Commerce Department has now reversed its decision to partner with CAIR, according to Fox News.