A Japanese tattoo artist who was fired for his anti-Semitic tattoo on a Muslim man who was in the US to receive his visa for religious reasons has resigned.
The artist, Kota Yamazaki, was fired by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency in New York on Wednesday, the agency confirmed to Breitbart News.
The agency said in a statement that Yamazaki violated the agency’s immigration policy when he “used the tattoo on an individual of his own choosing, regardless of the person’s religion, race, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, or political views.”
He is also facing a civil suit by the victim.
According to the agency, the tattoo was an expression of love for his Muslim brother, who had died in the country.
The tattoo, which depicts a skull and crossbones, was done in ink on his forearm and is on display at the Muslim community center where he works.
The man, a Bangladeshi national, has not been identified.
Yamazaki was fired after being caught with the tattoo, the statement said.
He was found in violation of the agency policy, which says that “designers or artists are not allowed to display any design or artwork on the face, body, hands, or feet of anyone who is not lawfully present in the United States.”
According to ICE, the person whose skin is being tattooed is not a “person” and is not eligible for a visa to enter the country and the agency said that it would “take immediate action against him.”
The agency also said that Yamasaq was “fired in violation” of the law, adding that it will take action “immediately” against him.
The Muslim American Association of New York (MASA-NY), which represents Muslims, said in an email to Breitbart that Yamasao was fired because of the anti-Semitism tattoo, adding, “This is a case of the very definition of anti-Muslim bigotry.”
“The tattoo was a blatant attempt to promote anti-Israeli, anti-Jewish, and anti-Arab stereotypes,” MASA- NY President Jamal S. Ahmed said in the email.
“This incident is a textbook example of the dangers of anti, Islamophobia in the tattoo industry.”
The New York City-based Muslim community has long complained about the treatment of Muslim immigrants and the presence of Islamic art in its community centers.
Earlier this year, the Trump administration announced plans to end the Obama-era program, known as the Muslim Art in Schools Program, which has been in place since 2007.
Under the program, the government grants more than $5 million to private schools, which are required to hire more than 50 percent of their Muslim students as teachers.
The program was meant to address the “profound fear and anxiety” among Muslims in the area, which the White House said has increased since the 2016 election.
In February, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a Muslim advocacy group, called on President Donald Trump to end President Obama’s immigration policies, which it said had “fostered an atmosphere of fear and mistrust among Muslims.”
The group also criticized Trump for appointing a member of his administration to a senior position in the Department of Homeland Security, where he has had an overall role since the inauguration.
“We are deeply disappointed that President Trump has chosen to put his own personal agenda above the needs of the millions of Muslims who depend on this program,” the Muslim PAC wrote in a Feb. 25 letter.
The group said that Trump has appointed a former Muslim Brotherhood leader, Ahmed Alhaj, to a position within the Department as an adviser to the administration.
Alhaji was reportedly a member and organizer of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Egyptian branch.