Local leaders, activists work to address impacted communities
Hassan Khalifeh | Saturday, 02.04.2017, 01:43 PM


DEARBORN— In a collective undertaking to effectively respond to President Trump's action on immigration, community activists, civil rights leaders and city officials packed the Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities (LAHC) hall on Monday, Jan. 30 to address the temporary travel ban, organize efforts to assist impacted local immigrants and campaign against it. 
Attorneys, including Nabih Ayad and Hilal Farhat, who worked to expand free speech zones for a massive protest against actions at Detroit Metro Airport on Sunday, assured the audience they will always be on call to serve the needs of families in trouble or at airports. 
Although details of the executive action remain relatively ambiguous, Ayad and Farhat clarified the order— as well as the implications of rulings by federal judges in New York and Boston— and urged those who hold green cards or visas not to travel outside the country, as they might not be allowed back in. 
Representatives from the Iraqi, Yemeni and Iranian communities condemned the Trump administration for rejecting victims in war-torn countries – a defiance of historically pro-immigration American values.
"Trump tried to shoot at terrorists, but missed and hit the victims," said Husham Al-Husainy an Iraqi American sheikh of the Karbalaa Islamic Education Center. 
Dearborn Police Chief Ron Haddad assured residents the police department is escalating protection, especially at mosques, to keep them safe. Along with other government officials, Mayor Jack O'Reilly also affirmed his commitment to ensuring a safe and welcoming city. 
Osama Siblani, publisher of The Arab American News, stressed the importance of establishing a central forum to disseminate factual news about the action and to share rally and resource information in the coming days. 
Attendees resolved to promote Congressional and grassroots efforts to inform community members and urge government officials and companies to advocate for the immigration action's repeal. 

Hassan Khalifeh

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