Chicago Muslim groups press conference on Trump immigration order

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321 S. Plymouth Court, Corboy Hall, 2nd Floor

Press Conference with Muslim Leaders on Trump Immigration Executive Order

From 10 am - 12 noon

Chicago Bar Association

321 S. Plymouth Court, Corboy Hall, 2nd Floor

Chicago Muslim groups press conference on Trump immigration order

Chicago Muslim and Arab American Organizations Unite to Address the Negative Effects of President Trump’s Executive Order Banning Travel to the U.S. at a Press Conference on:

Monday, February 6, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court, Corboy Hall, 2nd Floor

Hosting Organizations:           Arab American Bar Association of Illinois

                                    Muslim Bar Association

                                    Arab American Medical Association

                                    American Middle East Voters Alliance PAC (AMVOTE)

                                    Arab American Business & Professional Association                                         

                                   Arab American Association of Engineers & Architects IL

                                    Syrian American Engineers & Architects

                                    The Decalogue Society of Lawyers

Co-Sponsors: A host of minority bar associations and the Chicago Bar Association.

In response to the latest Executive Order banning travel to the United States issued by President Donald Trump, a host of Chicago-based Arab and Muslim American organizations will hold a press conference on Monday, February 6, 2017, at 10:00 am, at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL 60604.

The Press Conference is called to address the negative effects of the Executive Order signed on January 27, 2017. The Order, which on its face purports to prohibit entry of non-immigrants and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries, has resulted in confusion at our nation’s airports and concern among our communities. The Executive Order has struck a chord with millions of people around the world, including in the greater Chicago area, which includes one of the largest Arab and Muslim communities in America.

Our professional associations are committed to the rule of law and ensuring that all individuals receive their right to equal protection and due process under the law, regardless of race, religion, or country of origin. Many legal experts believe, and courts have found, that the Executive Order is unconstitutional and violates fundamental legal precepts. Although national security and public safety are critical for all Americans, policies and practices that discriminate against refugees or immigrants on the basis of national origin, race, ethnicity, or religion will not achieve these goals.



Managing Writer at The Arab Daily News
RAY HANANIA — Columnist

Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at, and for, and

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.

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