According to a report from JudicialÂ Watch Columbus Ohio has set up an illegal alien defense fund that gives $17,500 to Terror front group.
Ohioâ€™s capital city has launched a defense fund for illegal immigrants facing deportation and thousands of taxpayer dollars will go to the local chapter of a terrorist front group that promotes itself as a Muslim civil rights organization. The pot of cash is known asÂ Columbus Families Together FundÂ and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a national organization that serves as the U.S. front for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, will be among the recipients.
CAIR was founded in 1994 by three Middle Eastern extremists (Omar Ahmad, Nihad Awad, and Rafeeq Jaber) who ran the American propaganda wing of Hamas, known then as the Islamic Association for Palestine. In 2008 CAIR was aÂ co-conspiratorÂ in a federal terror-finance case involving the Hamas front group Holy Land Foundation. Read more in a Judicial WatchÂ special reportÂ that focuses on Muslim charities. Top FBI counter terrorism chiefs have described CAIR as an entity that not only promotes terrorism, but also finances it.Â One groupÂ has dedicated itself to documenting CAIRâ€™s extensive terrorist ties which include a top official sentenced to 20 years in prison for participating in a network of militant jihadists, another convicted of bank fraud for financing a major terrorist group, a board member who was a co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and a fundraiser identified by the U.S. Treasury Department for financing Al Qaeda.
Allocating public funds to assist illegal aliens with their legal problems is bad enough, but giving some of the cash to a group like CAIR is like pouring salt on the wound. The effort started when Donald Trump got elected president. Columbus City Councilwoman Elizabeth Brown vowed to help illegal immigrants fight deportation and posted this on her social media account on January 30: â€œIn Columbus, we stand with immigrants! This morning I announced Councilâ€™s commitment to a legal defense fund to support our refugees and immigrants as they face an onslaught of new hurdles to keep their families together. Iâ€™m excited to get to work. Who wants to help?â€
Last week the Columbus City Council made it official, establishing the new legal defense fund with a $185,000 infusion to help provide legal services to the areaâ€™s illegal aliens and their families. The money will go to various nonprofits that will also â€œeducate detained immigrants on their rights under immigration law,â€ according to a localÂ newspaper report. A nonprofit called Advocates for Basic Legal Equality Inc. will get the largest chunk of city money, the article reveals, but other groups will also benefit. Priority will go to Columbus-area illegal aliens facing deportation in Cleveland Immigration Court and preference will be given to cases involving children. CAIR will receive $17,500 to provide â€œlegal services that help keep families together in the central Ohio immigrant and refugee communities.â€ This includes â€œknow your rightsâ€ education sessions in Columbus that will cover encounters with federal immigration agents. Brown, the councilwoman behind the effort said â€œweâ€™re sending a signal here tonight. We value our immigrants. We welcome you. We know that the demonization of immigrants throws them into the shadows and makes a class of silent victims. We wonâ€™t allow it.â€
City leaders feel an obligation to protect immigrant and refugee families in Central Ohio from the financial and emotional devastation that results from aggressive immigration enforcement, according to aÂ documentÂ describing the Columbus Families Together Fund. â€œThe wellbeing of our immigrant communities is intertwined with the cityâ€™s overall wellbeing,â€ the document states. â€œUltimately, Columbus is a safer, more just, and more economically vibrant city for everyone when we address the needs of all our residents.â€ It also says that, because an intact family is one determining factor in economic self-sufficiency and long-term child success, the city will also pay for additional services that help keep immigrant and refugee families together.
Columbus is not alone in allocating public funds to help those in the country illegally after the Trump administration announced a harder line on immigration enforcement. Last yearÂ two major U.S. citiesÂ that have long offered illegal aliens sanctuary allocated millions of dollars to help them avoid deportation. A few days after the Chicago City Council approved a $1.3 million legal defense fund to assist illegal aliens facing deportation, official in Los Angeles unveiled a similar program with a $10 million infusion.
I had to read this five or six times. I could not believe what I was reading. Not only was Ohio using Tax Payer money to take care of non-citizens who are breaking the law but they also gave money to CAIR which as explained by Judicial Watch is a Terror front group.
I guarantee the citizens of Columbus Ohio know very little about this. If the Citizens realized that their money was going to Terror groups and people who shouldn’t be in our country, to begin with I’m sure they would not support it.