Omar Suleiman, Dawud Walid, Mujahid Fletcher, Talib Shareef and Nihad Awad of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Zahra Billoo, and Linda Sarsour were all arrested on Monday after they showed up at the office of the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, demanding that he hear their concerns.
The group was looking to speak to Ryan about confronting Donald Trump over his decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. They were eventually arrested.
Quoting Malcolm X, Talib Shareef of the Muslim Alliance of North America said: “Almighty Allah has told us to stand for justice. We are not weak in faith and we are here for a mobilization.
“We stand here in the spirit of Malcolm X with the people who are affected by these policies.” “This is creating real fear,” Suleiman said, adding that the imams are fighting white supremacy because Islamophobia, racism and hostility against immigrants all stem from the same roots.
Fletcher, an immigrant who was brought to the U.S. as a child said, “We don’t want to live based on fear. We want to live according to the principles of freedom of speech, of religion.”
Trump tried ending the DACA program last year and gave lawmakers until March 5, which was Monday, to come up with a replacement. As nothing was getting done in Congress, a Supreme Court ruling delayed that deadline for as much as a year.