BALTIMORE (MARCH 10, 2017) _ Refugee and immigrant rights activists will gather at 2 p.m. Sunday at Baltimore’s Washington Monument to speak out against the Trump Administration’s Muslim ban, construction of a wall along the U.S. Mexico border and the on-going raids that are destroying communities all over Maryland.
“We will continue to speak out against cruel and unjust measures perpetrated against immigrants, refugees and Muslims,” said Gustavo Torres, CASA’s Executive Director. “We will not be deterred until the administration changes and eliminates these discriminatory and damaging laws and proposals that are wreaking our community.”
The rally will take place almost a week after President Donald Trump signed a Muslim-ban redo which categorically bans new immigrants from six majority Muslim countries and has been challenged in court by the state of Hawaii claiming the order harms its Muslim population, tourism and foreign students.
“Nothing about inciting fear, separating families, or alienating and ostracizing people keeps our nation safe,” CAIR Spokeswoman & Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry. “The goal for this peaceful demonstration is to provide a space for some of the communities most directly impacted by the Muslim Ban 2.0 and other recent polices, to gather in solidarity and resistance.”
One way to fight back has been to concentrate on the legislative power of the state to protect immigrants.
CASA is actively working to fight the anti-immigrant policies dictated by the federal government with a state-wide piece of legislation that would protect immigrants known as the Trust Act. This bill has an unprecedented number of co-sponsors. As of today, we have 78 co-sponsors in the house and 24 in the state senate.
“We are looking to pass a law that would protect immigrants and refugees right here where we live in Maryland,” said CASA’s Baltimore Director Elizabeth Alex. “The public’s support now is more important than ever.”
People who have been directly impacted by the immigration crackdown and the Muslim ban will be present at the rally, which is organized by CASA, Cair, and Jews United for Justice. Speakers include Rabbi Daniel Burg, from Beth Am Synagogue since July of 2010, Jose Dominguez, a member of CASA’s Baltimore youth committee.
For more information on the rally or the Trust Act contact CASA.
WHO: CASA, CAIR, Jews United for Justice.
WHEN: 2 P.M. SUNDAY, MARCH 12
WHERE: BALTIMORE’S WASHINGTON MONUMENT, 699 Washington Pl, Baltimore, MD