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SF board resolution condemns Trump’s refugee executive order as ‘discriminatory’

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People block escalators and stairs during a protest held inside the international terminal at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Calif. Sunday, January 29, 2017. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
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Supervisor Ahsha Safai on Tuesday announced a resolution denouncing Trump’s executive order issued Friday that blocks Syrian refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

The order sparked massive protests in airports across the country, including at San Francisco International Airport.

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“Despite what Donald Trump says, this is a Muslim ban,” Safai said during a rally outside of City Hall on Tuesday. “We stand here today saying, ‘No ban, no wall.’”

Safai added, “In one week our president has taken a wrecking ball to the Statue of Liberty.”

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A draft of the resolution, which is effectively a policy statement and is expected to be approved unanimously by the board Tuesday, declares that The City is “united against discriminatory immigration and refugee policies based on religion and national origin.”

The resolution also states that Trump’s order “runs counter to national security interests and will undoubtedly be used as a recruitment tool for terror groups and will endanger the lives of Americans overseas by reducing our allies.”

The resolution, which is sponsored by Mayor Ed Lee, also calls on the private sector, foundations and businesses to donate toward legal defense for undocumented immigrants through funding donations or pro bono legal services. The City recently added $1.5 million toward legal defense provided by nonprofits as a result of Trump’s election. The money adds to the already $3.2 million in city funding provided as part of the annual budget process.

“We are going to be fighting from many different fronts the federal government attacks on our values so we would like the business community and the foundation community to step up,” Safai said in calling for a match of the city funding for legal defense.

Board of Supervisors President London Breed, who joined protests Saturday at SFO, said at Tuesday’s rally, “We knew things would get bad with this new president. [But] I don’t really know if we were really prepared for how much hate was coming out of Washington right now.”

Breed pointed to the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “’Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.’”

District Attorney George Gascon, who attended the rally, asked those in attendance to raise their hands if they were Native American. No hands were raised, which was intended to drive home the point that “all of us are either immigrants or the sons or daughters of immigrants.”

Gascon vowed there “will be zero tolerance for acts of hate in San Francisco.”

Hala Hijazi, a Muslim immigrant who sits on the Human Rights Commission, said, “The refugees that are fleeing, the citizens of this country – we are not the national security threat. You, Mr. President, are the national security threat.”

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