Press Conference & Sign Holding for Immigrant and Refugee Rights 2/1/17

Refugees Welcome!

Press conference planned, sign holders welcome 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

When: February 1, 2017, press conference at noon sharp.

Where: U.S. District Court/ Federal Building Front Steps. 300 Ala Moana Blvd.

What: Diverse civil groups and organizations, including the Muslim Association of Hawaii, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Hawaii Coalition for Immigrant Rights, Interfaith Alliance Hawaii, the Japanese American Citizens League, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii, have prepared a joint statement opposing and rejecting the recent executive orders by the Trump administration on immigration. The statement will be released first at the event.

Why: Release of joint statement and show of unity. We are a diverse community, state, and country. The reason immigrants have sought refuge and a home in the United States, and what binds us together in our own diversity, is our shared commitment to treat each other equally under the law regardless of creed, color, background, or birthplace. Diversity and these shared commitments not only define who we are, but also make us stronger and unique among other countries. The executive orders are a direct attack against these shared commitments, seeking to divide us and ultimately, making us weaker. Together, we must stand firm and defend the values that define who we are as a community, state, and country.

Who: Representatives from organizations will give brief statements from different perspectives in response to the executive orders on immigration.