CAIR-LA’s Press Conference with Local Interfaith and Civil Rights on Trump’s Executive Orders
(ANAHEIM, CA, 1/30/17) – Today, the greater Los Angeles area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) hosted a press conference in partnership with the Southern California civil rights and interfaith communities, in response to the detention of Muslim travelers at airports across the country as a result of the Executive Order banning refugees and immigrants from Muslim majority countries.
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Make no mistake, President Trump's executive order banning refugees and visitors from Muslim majority countries is not only un-American and un-Constitutional, it is downright Islamophobic and a confirmation of proposed anti-Muslim policies made during the presidential election campaign, said CAIR-LA Exec. Director Hussam Ayloush. "And make no mistake – whatever language is used in this executive order – Muslims are the sole targets."
Representatives from civil liberties groups shared heart-wrenching stories of individuals and families affected by the executive orders.
Interfaith leaders spoke in solidarity, stating that an attack on one group is an attack on all.
Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director, CAIR-LA
Caitlin Sanderson, Deputy Director of Advocacy/Staff Attorney, ACLU
Sylvia Kim, Regional Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Ameena Mirza-Qazi, Executive Director, NLG-LA
Dr. Jose Moreno, Anaheim City Councilman, President of Los Amigos OC
Ada Briceno, Unite Here Local 11 and Muslim-Latino Collaborative
Julio Perez, Executive Director, Orange County Labor Federation
Angelica Salas, Executive Director, CHIRLA
Shaykh Mustafa Umar, Vice Chair, Shura Council of Southern California
Rabbi Stephen Einstein, Member of Board and Executive Committee, CLUE
Marisol Rivera, Vice President, SEIU USWW
Mirvette Judeh, Vice Chair, Arab American Civic Council
Earlier last week, CAIR-LA sent our a statement on steps community members can take in light of the "Muslim Ban":
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