Call for federal probe to investigate funding of sponsors of Chicago resolution against CAA

Chicago: Dr. Bharat Barai, chairman, US-India Friendship Council called for a Federal Justice Department investigation into the role of Council on American-Islamic relations (CAIR).

CAIR has announced that they have sponsored the City of Chicago Resolution R2020-583 which is being introduced by 49th Ward Alderman Maria Hadden. 

Resolution R2020-583 proposed by the Chicago City Council classifies the Indian Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed in December 2019 as discriminatory because it uses religion-based criteria to grant citizenship.

“The flow of Middle Eastern money to CAIR which is influencing US elections and fund such hate resolutions in cities like Chicago, need to be condemned. The funds of a not-for-profit organization should not be used for partisan politics or hateful extremist religious agenda,” added Dr. Barai.

United Indian American Community of Chicago’s Sohan P Joshi appealed to all the Chicago Aldermen not to sow seeds of hate among the Indian American community. Joshi said that Chicago Resolution R 2020- 583 effectively divides Indian American community on religious lines.

“We Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jains and Aga Khanis want to continue to be united and live together peacefully in Chicago,” added Joshi.

Leontine Horn, senior community activist of 49th Ward Chicago said that 49th Ward Alderman Maria Hadden did not consult her residents on this hate resolution. Horn said that she wants the world to know that residents of 49th ward are not haters but a peace-loving inclusive community.

Amitabh Mittal, secretary, US India Friendship Council said that the City of Chicago has never ever introduced a resolution on the internal affairs of any country. This Chicago City resolution targeting India, the world’s largest democracy is uncalled for.

Nirav Patel, president of Asian American Store Owners Association with membership of over 2,600 retail storeowners in the state of Illinois, said that the resolution R2020-583  introduced by 49th Ward Alderman Maria Hadden is erroneous and parts of the resolution are not factual.  He added that Alderman Maria Hadden has introduced a resolution which is full of hate against India and contains misleading, false statements.

Urvashi Butt, a social worker Resident of 49th Ward said that Alderman Maria Hadden has many issues in our ward, which are not being attended to. For example, the need for a crosswalk for seniors across the senior residence building at 6400 North Sheridan and other senior buildings in the Ward. Butt asked Alderman Maria Hadden to attend to 49 ward resident’s problems instead of introducing a hate resolution about India which is 10,000 miles away and where she and the city of Chicago has no mandate whatsoever.

Community leaders of City of Chicago and residents of 49th Ward including Harender Mangrola, Vijender Doma, Major Rakesh Asthana, Alli Dhanara,  Nilabh Dubey, Rani Yousefzai among others expressed their pain and anguish about this hate resolution citing the recent Asian-American hate violence in Atlanta.

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