22 March, 2010 — Washington, D.C. | www.adc.org
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) welcomes the decision by the U.S. Department of State to end the exclusions of two prominent foreign professors from the United States. Professor Adam Habib and Professor Tarik Ramadan, along with ADC, were represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In separate lawsuits the ACLU challenged the denial of the professor’s visas. After months of negotiations Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed orders eliminating the exclusions on Professors Habib and Ramadan, and lifted the ban on their entry to the United States. Both men have been granted 10 year visas, and will arrive in the U.S. this week to participate in various events and discussions with academics, members of Congress and the public.
ADC National President, Ms. Sara Najjar-Wilson, says, “ADC congratulates the ACLU and their team of dedicated attorneys who worked on these cases. Using ideological exclusion to deny foreign scholars, artists and politicians is of serious concern to the civil rights community. ADC hopes that the current administration will end the practice of ideological exclusion. ADC looks forward to meeting with Professors Habib and Ramadan in the very near future.”
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