Maryland Muslims speak out about new immigration executive order

Posted at 11:26 PM, Mar 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-06 23:39:07-05
When the first order came down, it caused all sorts of chaos.   President Trump's new travel ban goes into effect next week,  it won't apply to foreign students, engineers, tourists and traveling relatives.   
Now, only 6 predominantly Muslim countries are included--Iraq has since been removed from the list..
There's no indefinite ban for Syrian refugees.
And it doesn't affect dual citizens and those with valid U.S. Visas.  But those in the Muslim community are standing up and speaking out
"He's supposed to be representing everybody no matter what color what creed what religion they are," one Muslim woman told ABC2.
"Were concerned that this executive order will further increase that sentiment that Muslims do not belong here," said Dr. Zainab Chaudry CAIR Maryland's spokesperson.
Monday, CAIR hosted a press conference to raise awareness of the president's revised immigration executive order.
"What you're saying is that Islam is not welcome here, Muslims are not welcome here, said Hassan Amin, a local Imam.
When the president introduced his first order--it gave rise to chaos and protests nationwide.
"Appears to be a witch hunt against the Muslim community the way that it targets citizens and residents from 6 majority Muslim countries," Chaudry said.
The new order suspends the entire refugee program for four months. And while Iraq has been removed from the list-Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen remain.
"These kinds of unconstitutional, problematic measures do not keep our nation safer," Chaudry said.
But the attorney general says they do.
"Three of these nations are state sponsors of terrorism. The other three have served as safe havens for terrorist countries, countries where governments have lost control of their territory to terrorist groups like ISIL or Al-Qaeda," U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, said Monday.
The Washington state attorney general whose lawsuit brought down the first ban says his team is reviewing this new executive order 
"He really needs to have more people at the table to inform him so he better understands what he's doing and what he's about to do to people who may contribute positive to this country not negative towards this country," Amin said.