30 Jan

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Costa Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order to Ban Refugees


Jan 30, 2017
Press Release
MERCED, CA – A Los Banos resident and U.S. citizen, Ahmed Ali, and his 12-year-old daughter were stopped in an airport in Djibouti when trying to board a plane to the United States. The girl was issued an American immigrant visa the day before President Donald Trump’s executive order was signed to ban individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Since the 12-year-old girl went through all the rigorous channels to obtain an immigrant visa, and her parents are U.S. citizens, she would have been admitted as a lawful permanent resident and immediately would have been eligible to file for U.S. citizenship.

Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement:

“Due to President Trump’s hasty decision making, a 12-year-old girl with parents who are U.S. citizens and Los Banos residents is banned from entering the United States. My office is doing everything within our jurisdiction to help Mr. Ali and his daughter to get home as soon as possible and safely.”

“As a member of Congress, my number one priority is Americans’ safety both at home and abroad, and I think it’s obvious that keeping a 12-year-old out of the country is not strengthening the safety of our nation. This executive order is having a devastating impact on hundreds of other individuals and immigrant families that thought the United States would be helping them seek refuge. The vast majority of individuals being detained or prohibited from entering the United States have already been through one of the most extensive vetting processes in the world. Clearly, President Trump’s executive order was not vetted thoroughly by his Administration. Not only is it flawed policy, but it has the potential to be ruled unconstitutional.

“Let us never forget that America’s diversity is what makes us strong. Banning individuals, mostly women and children, from entering the United States is not the American way. I will be supporting legislation that will rescind President Trump’s executive order because the executive order is flawed and is not making the American people safer.”

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29 Jan

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Michael D. Evans, Chair of The Fresno County Democratic Party talks with Johnny Freeborn on Central Valley Business.


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29 Jan

Rally: 5 pm, Fresno International Airport


Today, January 29, 2017, 5 pm, Fresno International Airport, Corner of Peach and McKinley.

A rally in defiance of and in resistance of Trump’s ban on Muslim refugees! Please share widely.
Who’s next?


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28 Jan

Make no mistake — this is a Muslim ban

I am profoundly saddened and angered by the broad discrimination sanctioned last night by the Trump administration against refugees — those fleeing violence and terrorism within their country — and immigrants from Muslim-majority countries.

There are two elements to this executive order: a ban on all refugees entering the country and a ban on all immigrants from seven, predominantly Muslim countries. Make no mistake — this is a Muslim ban, many of whom are women and children displaced by violence.

This runs counter to our national security interests and will be used as a recruitment tool for terror groups, endangering the lives of Americans overseas.

Furthermore, the Trump administration has proposed no practical or effective solution to make Americans safer from terrorism. Remember, between 2001 and 2015, more Americans were killed by homegrown terrorists than by foreign-born extremists. Rather than address that threat, the administration has cruelly closed our doors to immigrants and refugees who are already vetted for more than two years to ensure they pose no threat to our citizens.

Since the Holocaust, it has been the policy of presidents of both parties to open our doors to those fleeing war and oppression. This moral leadership has enhanced our ability to shape world events while promoting global stability and protecting Americans abroad.

Refugees don’t make us less safe; they enrich our communities. I have seen refugees in California become business owners in Sacramento who grow our economy and students in Los Angeles developing cutting-edge research, all in the pursuit of contributing to a country that proudly opened its doors in their hour of need.

During the Holocaust, we failed to let refugees like Anne Frank into our country. And today, we are making the same mistake under the illusion of security.

Turning our backs on millions of refugees is a dark moment in American history; one that we must rise to meet because this is only the beginning of this fight. I fear that it will get worse before it gets better.

But I believe that our commitment to action and to defending those who have been left out and displaced will be able to overcome the bigoted policies of this administration.

To our brothers, sisters, and friends in immigrant and refugee communities at home and all across the world — know that you are not alone. We are fighting for you. We will not give up on you. Don’t give up on us.

Fight on,


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28 Jan

Peace Fresno: Sun, Jan 29 Moving Forward Together

Women’s March and “Organize for a Better Future” Demonstration
Jan. 21, 2017 – Just the beginning …
Future actions the focus of an event on Sunday January 29, more of Richard Iyall’s photos from last Saturday, and link to the big protest at City Hall.on Friday

Sunday, January 29, 12:30 pm
Moving Forward Together – Panel and Discussion How do we live with our new reality? How do we hold the new administration accountable? How do we become a community of sanctuary and resistance? Join us as we hear from local leaders representing a variety of perspectives to harness our collective energy for change, informed by their collective experience. The community is invited. Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno, 2672 E Alluvial Ave, Fresno, CA 93720, (559) 322-6146 Childcare provided if requested:

View Richard Iyall’s photos from Women’s March/”Organize for a Better Future” Demonstration on Jan. 21 on the Community Alliance newspaper’s Facebook page The February issue of the Community Alliance will feature an article and news about these events and more photos. Subscribers, look for the paper in your mailbox on February 3. Not a subscriber? Look in local libraries, colleges, businesses, and newsstands.

The immigrant community and allies responded to Mayor Brand’s statement the Fresno would not become a sanctuary city yesterday at noon outside City Hall. Despite very short notice there were 500 participants by the time the protest ended.

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