Immigration Orders Press Conference



Human Rights and Immigrant Rights Advocates, Faith and Community Leaders, and Birmingham Mayor to Respond to President’s Immigration Executive Orders

(Birmingham, AL, 1/27/17) – On Saturday, January 28, the Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest civil rights and advocacy group for Muslims, along with public officials, community leaders, human rights advocates, and interfaith organizations will hold a press conference in Birmingham to respond to the recent presidential immigration orders.

WHAT: Human Rights and Advocacy Organizations, Interfaith Organizations, and Mayor Bell to Respond to Trump’s Immigration Executive Orders

WHEN: Saturday, January 28, 10:00 AM

WHERE: Kelly Ingram Park, 1600 5th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Birmingham Mayor William Bell
Khaula Hadeed, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Alabama Chapter
David Gespass, National Lawyers Guild
Sarai Portillo, Executive Director, Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice
Isabel Rubio, Executive Director, Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama
Ashfaq Taufique, President, Birmingham Islamic Society
Jessica Vosburgh, Executive Director, Adelante Alabama Worker Center
Angie Wright, Greater Birmingham Ministries
and others

CONTACT: CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed, (205) 225-5464 or

Tuesday’s Executive Order follows policies that will increase the deportation of undocumented immigrants and begin the construction of a wall on the U.S. – Mexico border. Today’s orders are meant to restrict immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries, impose an ideological litmus test on immigrants, temporarily ban most refugees from entry to the United States, and halt the Syrian refugee program indefinitely.

These orders will be the actual implementations of several highly controversial campaign promises by then candidate Donald Trump, such as the border wall with Mexico and the “Muslim Ban.”

Reuters: Trump Expected to Sign Executive Orders on Immigration
CAIR: Muslim Groups are Bracing for Trump to Stop Muslim Immigration
CAIR: Activists Poke Trump to Move Faster on Muslim Crackdown (Politico)
Reuters: Trump Signs Orders to Bar Some Refugees; Signals Prioritizing Syrian Christians

CAIR-AL is asking Muslim community members who believe their rights have been violated to contact local police and CAIR by filing a report at:

CAIR-AL is the Alabama chapter of 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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed, 205-313-6489 or

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