(SACRAMENTO, CA, 01/31/2020) – The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) will hold a press conference today after an expansion of the Muslim Ban executive orders was announced.
The expansion will add six more countries to the list of countries facing travel restrictions: Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania, according to acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf.
The order is reportedly scheduled to take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Feb. 22.
WHAT: Press conference on Muslim Ban expansion featuring CAIR-SV and allies
WHEN: 1:10 p.m. PT Friday, Jan. 31
WHERE: CAIR-SV office, 1122 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815
UPDATES: Find press conference detail updates on CAIR-SV’s social media.
CONTACT: CAIR-SV Communications Manager Kalin Kipling-Mojaddedi, kkipling@cair.com, work: 916-441-6269, cell: 505-231-0909
NOTE: CAIR-Central California Outreach Director Sukaina Hussain, based in Fresno, will be available after the announcement for comment. You can reach her at s.hussain@cair.com or 847-924-9592.
CAIR-Sacramento Valley/Central California Executive Director Basim Elkarra said in a statement:
“The cruel Muslim Ban has already separated thousands of families, keeping children from parents and forcing spouses to live oceans apart. The Trump administration’s expansion of the ban doubles down on his inhumane xenophobic policies targeting communities of color. This will only compound the devastating impact of the previous versions of the ban and leave more loved ones torn apart. We will continue to fight against the ban and defend communities targeted by these unjust and callous policies.”
Monday was the three-year anniversary of Trump’s original executive order, which in its current iteration restricts travel from five Muslim-majority countries – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen – along with North Korea and Venezuela.
Earlier this week, CAIR and other organizations took part in a court hearing and rally in Richmond Va., challenging the Trump administration’s Muslim Ban based on its discriminatory intent.
CAIR-SV/CC is an office of CAIR, 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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