Payne, Jr. Holds Roundtable with Faith, Community Leaders on Trump Muslim Ban Executive Order

Feb 7, 2017 Issues: National Security
Payne, Jr. Holds Roundtable with Faith, Community Leaders on Trump Muslim Ban Executive Order

NEWARK, N.J. – Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) joined faith and community leaders for a roundtable at Essex County College in Newark to examine and discuss President Donald Trump’s Muslim and refugee ban Executive Order and the actions taken to implement the order.

 “Today’s roundtable was a good opportunity to come together as a community to discuss the implications of President Trump’s Muslim and refugee ban and to explore our options against it,” said Congressman Payne, Jr. “President Trump’s ban is a stain on our values and a threat to our national security. And we will fight at every turn to ensure that it’s overturned and that the United States remains a beacon of hope and opportunity.”

“President Trump's devastating executive order effectively banning Muslims from entering the U.S. is not only divisive and discriminatory, but also dangerous,” said Monica Feltz, Executive Director of the International Justice Project. “Our Sudanese clients and their communities are deeply affected by the ban, with Sudan listed as one of the seven Muslim-majority nations on the travel ban list. We have seen the harm first hand, with many of our clients and friends stranded abroad, separated from their homes and families. It's a scary time, and it's essential that people understand their rights. That's why we're so thrilled Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. has made it a priority to address the needs of our community members affected by this ban.”

“We appreciate Congressman Payne, Jr.’s efforts to convene this meeting to discuss the impact of the President’s troubling immigration Executive Order," said Cynthia S. Brown, Executive Board Member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations New Jersey (CAIR-NJ). “The Congressman’s legislative district is comprised of diverse communities both Muslim and non-Muslim. We look forward to a meaningful conversation with the goal of identifying ways to mitigate any negative consequences of this policy.”

“Following the example of Pope Francis we stand in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters,” said Fr. Timothy Graff, Chair of the New Energies Parish Transition Project for the Archdiocese of Newark. “We believe that any movement against those fleeing from lives of violence and oppression is not a value that Americans share. We have always welcomed those who were in need and we will continue to do so.”

Last week, Congressman Payne, Jr. participated in a House Judiciary Committee forum on President’ Trump’s Muslim and refugee ban Executive Order entitled, “Not Who We Are: An Examination of Trump’s Un-American Muslim and Refugee Ban.” He was joined at the forum by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, and other Members of Congress, as well as national security experts, immigrants, and Gold Star father Khizr Khan.

New Jersey leaders who participated in today’s roundtable included: 

• Rev. Joseph Kwiatkowski, Director, Archdiocese of Newark Human Concerns Office

• Fr. Timothy Graff, Chair, New Energies Parish Transition Project, Archdiocese of Newark

• Megan Johnson, Jersey City Director/Immigration and Refugee Program, Church World Service

• Nadia Kahf, President, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) New Jersey

• Imam Kevin Amin, Masjid Ul Wadud

• Mohammed Hameeduddin, Mayor, Township of Teaneck, New Jersey

• Imam Wahy ud-Deen Shareef, Masjid Waarith ud Deen

• Imam Ahmad Burhani, Masjid As’Haabul Yameen

• Mustafa Brent, 5th Ward Councilman, East Orange, New Jersey

• Cynthia S. Brown, Executive Board Member, Council on American-Islamic Relations New Jersey (CAIR-NJ)

• Dawud Hall, Esq., Masjid As’Haabul Yameen

• Bernard Freamon, retired professor, Seton Hall University

• Rev. Anthony Mitchell, Sr. Pastor, Union Chapel AME Church

• Rev. Dr. David Jefferson, Sr., Esq., Pastor, Metropolitan Baptist Church

• Amirah Abdulnafe, President, Women’s Auxiliary at Masjid As’Haabul Yameen

• Rabbi Daniel Cohen, Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel

• Wanda M. Akin, Esq., Co-Founder & Vice President, International Justice Project

• Monica Feltz, Esq., LL.M., Executive Director, International Justice Project

• Chia Chia Wang, Organizing and Advocacy Director, American Friends Service Committee

• Serges Demefack, Coordinator, End Detention and Deportation Project, American Friends Service Committee

• Alexandra M. Goncalves-Pena, Supervising Attorney, American Friends Service Committee