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CAIR-AZ Asks State GOP to Repudiate Candidate's Hate Speech

PR Newswire

PHOENIX, Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) today called on Republican Party leaders in that state to repudiate remarks by a GOP congressional candidate who said she does not want "Middle Easterners" in America "either legally or illegally."

Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, self-proclaimed "Tea Party" candidate for U.S. Congress in Arizona's District 3, is shown in a video interview stating: "If you know Middle Easterners, a lot of them, they look Mexican. . .and they mix. . .those people, their only goal in life is to cause harm to the United States, so why do we want them here, either legally or illegally."

Video: Arizona GOP Candidate Wants No Middle Easterners in U.S.

"We urge responsible leaders of the Republican Party in Arizona and nationwide to repudiate Ms. Mercer's bigoted comments," said CAIR-AZ Board Member Imraan Siddiqi. "Her un-American and intolerant remarks are an insult to the millions of Americans of Middle Eastern heritage who have contributed so much to this great nation."


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CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-AZ Board Member Imraan Siddiqi, 480-415-4652, E-Mail:; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail:

SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations

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