Sup. Ahsha Safaí introduces resolution against Trump’s so-called Muslim Ban 

"Here in San Francisco we stand united and we won't back down."

District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safai announced his intention to introduce a resolution opposing President Trump’s Muslim ban at Tuesday’s board meeting.

Safai’s resolution is backed by Mayor Ed Lee and comes at a time when hundreds have rallied against President Trump’s immigration ban on refugees, migrants and foreign nationals from entering the U.S.

Safai’s office worked with a coalition of supervisors including President London Breed, Sup. Malia Cohen, Sup. Mark Farrell, Sup. Aaron Peskin, Sup. Norman Yee and Katy Tang and community advocates to oppose President Trump’s executive offer scapegoating refugees and halting immigration of Muslim majority countries. 

You can read our full coverage on the protests over the weekend

The ban saw several people detained for hours on end as their families were left in limbo. There’s no clarity on how many individuals were detained and no details have been revealed about their immigration status. At least three cases we reported on were long term green-card holders that were detained for more than six hours. 

“Despite what Donald Trump says despite what the Federal Government says this is a Muslim ban,”  Safai said. “The key aspects of this resolution today is that we are asking the private sector, the philantrophic community and the business community to step up and match the money reserved for fighting for immigrant rights.”

“In own week our President has taken a wrecking ball to the Statue of Liberty and to the very foundation of our country,” he said. 

President London Breed speaks at the press conference on Tuesday. Photo by Sana Saleem

“We’ve a lot of work to do. We knew things would get bad with this new president and I don’t know if we are really prepared for the amount of hate that’s coming out of Washington right now,” said Breed.

“Here in San Francisco we stand united and we won’t back down,” she said.

Jehan Hakim, community activist with the Asian Law Caucus, said that President Trumps executive order violated the very foundation of American values. Photo by Sana Saleem.
Jehan Hakim, community activist with the Asian Law Caucus, said that President Trumps executive order violated the very foundation of American values. Photo by Sana Saleem.

Jehan Hakim, community activist with the Asian Law Caucus, said the president’s executive order violate the constitutional right to freedom to practice religion.

“My family is from Yemen, the war torn and impoverished country whose citizen face a 90-day ban,” she said “They didn’t leave their country and escape war to live in fear. This is a ban on our identity as Muslims.” 

DA George Gascon sad his office has zero tolerance for hate crimes. Photo by Sana Saleem.
DA George Gascon sad his office has zero tolerance for hate crimes. Photo by Sana Saleem.

“Today we are going after Muslims, a week ago we were going after Mexicans prior to that we were going after rights of women. If we don’t step up today we won’t have anyone to step up for us tomorrow. I can assure you as a District Attorney that under my watch they’ll be zero tolerance for hate speech,” said District Attorney George Gascon.

Sougol Shooshtarian, a San Francisco based attorney, said she was detained with three others: “Two elderly couples from Iran and one man with Iraq we all had permanent residency we all had green cards. I am a lawyer who lives and works in San Francisco. It took three hours until they helped us and released us,”  Shooshtarian said she helped the elderly couple because they didn’t speak English and didn’t know how to respond to questions. 

There has been no clarification from Department of Homeland Security regarding the number of people detained since the executive order fueling fear and anxiety. 

  • Sanchez Resident

    I’m happy that Supervisor Breed said that the BOS has a lot of work to do now. If having Trump as president actually gets the the BOS to do something, that’s a win.

  • 4th Gen SF

    LOL, are they going to do anything about the potholes in SF or the other REAL LIFE problems by SF citizens? The BoS should be part time, 3 months of the year.

    • Don Sebastopol

      I think there are many foreign born in D11. This may give him political points.

    • Greg

      If getting deported isn’t a real life problem, I don’t know what is.
      Potholes are every right winger’s go-to catchphrase whenever government tries to go something good. If you care about potholes so much, grab a shovel and start filling them.

      • 4th Gen SF

        People who are here ILLEGALLY are actually breaking the law.

        • Greg

          Don’t you have some potholes to fill?

          • 4th Gen SF

            I see you have nothing else to say. Goodbye.

  • Don Sebastopol

    I think it was 109 who were inconvenienced nationwide. Far more US citizens were inconvenienced for longer by the protesters. Even without the temporary ban, it is not unusual for green card holders to be detained by custom officials while they check them out. As a US citizen I was once detained. I think they suspected drugs. They didn’t explain. But that was before I had a Federal ID. With that they didn’t give me a second look.

  • MKR

    Using the analogy as the United states as a living organism, Trump is a wound. The initial shock of the wound is setting in and there is an infection associated with the wound. Other organisms are starting to realize that the infection will spread to them if they are not careful. The infection will not go away alone, it will spread and become systemic unless it is excised from the body.
    At some point the other body systems will recognize that this wound and infection is destroying them and it will be excised. We are not at that point yet unfortunately. It could happen in a number of ways through an impeachment, the courts, or a military takeover but I still have faith that the organism will be able to recuperate.

    • Hexagon

      The infection is the rot of the whining left, anti-free speech, anti-intellectual.
      Please secede and excise the cancer from the body politic of the US..

      • MKR

        If I were younger I would try to revoke my US citizenship and get the hell out. Who wants aging Americans now?

    • Greg

      I wouldn’t hope for impeachment or military takeover. Any removal of Trump before the 2020 elections would be seen as a coup by his supporters. And honestly… rightfully so.

      What I wouldn’t mind excising, however, is the state of California. Trump or no Trump, it’s pretty clear that the people of this state have a very different political culture than the rest of the country. We need to start seriously considering our exit.

      • MKR

        Without New York and California there is no United States . The red states would learn the hard way that the blue states foot the bill for their foolishness. The dollar would collapse and become worthless and the treasury market would dry up causing an international financial crisis. Beside Abraham Lincoln decided that issue once and for all. Cal exit and/or any other exit isn’t going to happen.

        • Greg

          There is no “once and for all” in history. I agree with you about what would happen to the rest of the US, but frankly that will be their problem. I’m tired of footing the bill and trying to drag them along into the 21st century, even as they drag us down. Let us live the way we want to live already, and I’m fine if they do the same.

          • MKR

            I can just see the headline “President Trump orders all Californians to remain within state limits in order to quell succession movement ”
            We now have a new type of lawyer named airline chaser as every civil rights lawyer in the U.S. Is filing suit on behalf of someone with a visa denied entry.
            Or maybe there will be a new wall built around California which will permit entry but no exit