Amend Patriot Act to Ease Travel Restrictions for Muslim Artists, NYU's Center for Dialogues Urges in New Report


The Obama Administration and Congress must alter visa restrictions and elements of the USA Patriot Act that inhibit organizations from bringing Muslim artists to the United States, urges a new report issued by New York University’s Center for Dialogues. The report stems from a center conference, “Bridging the Divide between the United States and the Muslim World through Arts and Ideas,” held this June in New York City.

The Obama Administration and Congress must alter visa restrictions and elements of the USA Patriot Act that inhibit organizations from bringing Muslim artists to the United States, urges a new report issued by New York University’s Center for Dialogues. The report stems from a center conference, “Bridging the Divide between the United States and the Muslim World through Arts and Ideas,” held this June in New York City.

“In order to bring about the ‘new beginning’ between the United States and Muslims around the world that President Obama advocated during his June address in Cairo, the federal government must amend legislation that hampers cultural exchanges,” said Mustapha Tlili, director of NYU’s Center for Dialogues. “Certain visa restrictions and parts of the Patriot Act currently discourage U.S. organizations from bringing Muslim artists to the U.S. and limit U.S. funding institutions’ ability to make grants in the Muslim world.”

Congress is currently considering the extension of selected provisions of the Patriot Act due to expire at the end of the year.

The Center for Dialogues, a forum for constructive debate among the various religious, intellectual, economic, and political sectors of American, European, and Islamic societies, aims to bridge differences between western nations and the Muslim 500

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