As of October 2018, new regulations relating to the definition of public charge have been proposed by the Trump administration. The regulations would make it much more difficult – or even impossible – for families who used non-cash public benefits to become residents or citizens. The proposed changes essentially would function to punish low-income immigrant families and derail their track towards stable, long-term residency in the United States. For more background information and details on the proposed policies – plus related State Department policies that have already gone into effect – check out this resource page made by Protecting Immigrant Families. ISNA is calling on our community to submit comments rejecting this anti-immigrant policy change. The 60-day comment period ends on December 10.
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On Tuesday, September 16, Imam Saffet Catovic, an environmental activist, ISNA Green Initiative Member, and former Bosnian diplomat, offered remarks on behalf of the Islamic Society of North America at a multi-country sponsored event, “To Safeguard Future Generations – Multi-faith Responses to the Threat of Nuclear Weapons.” The program was organized by the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations and the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security (NGOCDPS), and co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Nigeria, Thailand and South Africa to the UN.
Imam Catovic cited former IOICA National Director (and current ISNA President) Dr. Sayyid Syeed’s support for the 1999 Parliament of World’s Religions “Moral Call to Eliminate the Threat of Nuclear Weapons,” which says, “The threat posed to humanity and all other forms of life by the sheer destructiveness of nuclear weapons presents an unacceptable risk for this and future generations. This unacceptable risk presents a moral imperative for the elimination of nuclear weapons.”
During his remarks, Imam Catovic also cited Islamic teachings supporting this stance on nuclear weapons. Referencing a 2005 opinion of Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi and Dr. Jamal Badawi, members of the Fiqh Council of North America’s Council of Islamic Jurists, Catovic repeated their conclusion that “…it is haram to deploy nuclear weapons. The shariah of Allah could never approve such weapons. According to the principles of Islamic law, there should instead be a universal ban on their development and possession. No criteria exists that allows some states to maintain nuclear weapons while others are denied them.”