PRESS CONFERENCE: San Diego Immigrant and Refugee Leaders Condemn President Trump's Actions

SAN DIEGO, CA -- Leaders from across San Diego County will hold a press conference today in front of the County Administration Center to condemn President Trump's executive orders to shut out immigrants and refugees with policies and walls that divide us rather than bring us together.
In response to the president's actions, local elected officials, faith leaders, immigrant and refugee advocates, and impacted community members will urge the public to support the passing of SB 54, the California Values Act, which prevents state and local dollars and law enforcement agencies from helping immigration officials separate families and terrorize communities.

"San Diego has long thrived as a region due to the diverse cultures and people who call our county home. Refugees and immigrants are valued members of our community, and we condemn the president's actions. Trust between the community and local law enforcement is essential for everyone's security. That's why we are urging the public to support SB 54, and prevent local and state law enforcement officials from doing the job of immigration officers," said Ginger Jacobs, Chair of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC).


For more local reactions to the president's executive orders, click here.


Press Conference
What: SDIRC will host a press conference to respond to President Trump's executive orders on immigration and the border.
Who: Elected officials, faith leaders, immigrant and refugee advocates and impacted community members will deliver remarks and layout next steps to help protect immigrant and refugee families.
When: Thursday, January, 26, 2017 at 11:30 AM
Where: The County Administration Center
1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
(We will be on the Harbor Blvd. side)


  • Ginger Jacobs, SDIRC Chair
  • Faith Leaders -- Rev. Beth Johnson, Imam Taha Hassane, Rabbi Devorah Marcus
  • Leader from the Muslim Community -- Hanif Mohebi, CAIR San Diego
  • Elected Officials (Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas, San Diego Councilmember Chris Ward, National City Councilmember Alejandra Sotelo-Solis)
  • Immigrant Community Member -- Maribel Solache (North County Immigration Task Force)
  • Refugee Advocate -- David Murphy, International Rescue Committee
  • Closing/Call to Action -- Bardis Vakili, ACLU
About San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium
Since 2007, community, faith, labor, and legal organizations have come together to fight for immigrant and refugee rights as the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium. Through the Consortium, these organizations are pursuing four common goals: Support comprehensive immigration reform; stop the spread of local policies and practices that target and violate the civil and human rights of immigrants; educate immigrants about their rights and the legal and other resources available to them; and educate the public about the important contributions of immigrants and counter the myths and misstatements made about immigrants. For more information about the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, please visit
The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium is a project of the Alliance San Diego.