CAIR’s lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Utah. Among the defendants are the FBI, the Terrorism Screening Center (TSC) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
SL Trib Yussuf Awadir Abdi (above), imam of Salt Lake City’s Madina Masjid, traveled to Kenya to pick up his wife and five children. While his family was allowed on the plane back to Utah, Abdi was pulled aside by officials at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
“Qatar Airlines told him he couldn’t board because the U.S. wouldn’t accept him because his name is on the NO FLY list,” said Jim McConkie, an attorney who co-founded the Refugee Justice League of Utah. Noor Ul-Hasan, a Muslim community leader and activist in the state, believes Adbi was barred from his flight because he is an imam.
Apparently, this is happening often now. Who needs a travel ban? Just put every Muslim who wants to come here on a NO FLY list.
A Kenyan couple, Ahmed Khamis Bwika and Emma Ondeko Bwika, were detained by U.S. immigration officials in Salt Lake City in March. They agreed to exit the country after losing an appeal of their asylum request. Abdi had talked with news media during the deportation negotiations because the Bwikas had been affiliated with his mosque for 11 years.
At the time, Abdi said: “We think we are being targeted as Muslims.” (One can only hope)