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Islamic Center and immigration lawyers react to excutive order

Posted at 6:17 PM, Jan 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-30 22:40:11-05
Fear and sadness now fill the walls inside the Islamic Center of Tucson after an executive order restricted immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States.
 
Director and student at the University of Arizona, Taha Hasan says people were distraught when they were told about the executive order.
 
The seven countries affected are Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Sudan. 
 
Hasan tells KGUN 9 that Tucson has a large Muslim population and there are many refugees in town from Somalia and Syria. 
 
"America is about freedom of religion, freedom of speech and we bring people in here to protect them not to shun them away when they are trying to flee from danger and violence," says Hasan. 
 
Hasan has taken on a new role after the executive order. He says he wants to make sure everyone who walks through the doors at the center knows their rights. 
 
Hasan urges permanent residents and green card holders to not leave the country and to consult with lawyers before their travel.
 
Immigration lawyer, Maurice Goldman with Goldman and Goldman Law Offices tells KGUN 9 that he's received many phones calls and emails from clients who are scared and confused. 
 
Goldman says, "Unfortunately, because how the order was rolled out, it's caused a lot of confusion and a lot of misinformation is out there about what it means and what the ramifications are."
 
If you're traveling internationally, speak to an immigration lawyer to see if there are risks and make sure you have a phone number handy for an immigration lawyer. 

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