Press Release: Post Press Conference


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

(Birmingham, AL, 1/28/17) – 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 Birmingham Mayor William Bell, community leaders, human rights advocates, and interfaith organizations held a press conference in Birmingham to respond to the recent presidential immigration orders.

WHAT: Human Rights and Advocacy Organizations, Interfaith Organizations, and Mayor Bell 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
Ream Shoreibah, Outreach Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Alabama Chapter
David Gespass, National Lawyers Guild
Cat Goodrich, Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian Church
Shannon Webster, Pastor and Head of Staff, First Presbyterian Church
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

"President Trump's actions match the ugly bigotry of his campaign, fly in the face of our nation's values, and will likely cause thousands of innocent lives to be lost. It is a shameful day for our great country,' said Southern Poverty Law Center Outreach Director Lecia Brooks in a written statement that was read at the conference. 

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. Friday’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 both 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.”

Mayor Bell stated, "Today I join with CAIR-Alabama to voice our strong opposition to the persecution of individuals who seek the same thing that all of our ancestors sought, to live in a free society, free from persecution, from physical harm, free to worship their god, free to associate with each other. We stand on hallowed ground, for if it were not for the actions taken in the fifties and sixties I would not be standing here as the mayor of Birmingham, the city that represents a commitment to human rights and civil rights around the world"

"We all understand and are acutely aware of national security concerns as individuals, leaders in our communities, as organizations, and as patriots. However, banning Muslims and building walls are the kind of solutions that are not just counter-productive but also an affront to what America stands for. It hurts real people and separates real families" said CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed. "These people themselves are the greatest victims of terrorism and among the most vulnerable of all those who seek refuge in America."

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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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