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MEDIA ADVISORY – CAIR-GA: Georgia Muslim, Latino Leaders to Hold News Conference With Civil Rights and Refugee Groups In Response to Pres. Trump’s Immigration Executive Orders

CAIR logo(ATLANTA, GA - 1/26/17) – On Thursday, January 26, a diverse coalition of Georgia's civil rights, immigration and refugee organizations will hold a news conference in response to executive orders expected to be signed by President Donald Trump restricting immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries.

WHAT: News Conference in Opposition to Executive Orders on Immigration

WHEN: Thursday, January 26, 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Central Presbyterian Church. 201 Washington St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

CONTACT: CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,

President Trump is also expected to temporarily bar most refugees from entry to the United States. Yet another order will block visas from being issued to citizens of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. 

The orders will be the actual implementation of what then-candidate Trump said would be a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States.

President Trump has also already directed federal funds towards the construction of a wall along the southern border while promising stepped-up deportations of undocumented families.

Among the organizations co-hosting the press conference are the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA), Project South, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ), the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR), and Jewish Voices for Peace (JVP).

The groups plan to discuss how they hope to defend civil rights, protect refugees, or support legal immigration in the wake of Trump's executive orders.

“Our message for President Trump is simple: don't do it. These unnecessary executive orders would make America less safe, less welcoming, and more fearful of families seeking to build a better life,â€Â said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. “If President Trump truly wants to protect our nation from extremism, he should leave refugee families alone and instead fire the radicals he has appointed to top White House positions, including white nationalist Steven Bannon and anti-Muslim bigot Michael Flynn.”

“In light of these racist, Islamophobic, and xenophobic policy announcements and the accompanying rhetoric from the federal level, it is incumbent upon the City of Atlanta to immediately declare itself a sanctuary city and ensure that our immigrant, refugee, and Muslim communities feel safe and their human rights are protected,” said Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal & Advocacy Director, Project South.

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CONTACT: CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,

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