The Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations held a news conference on Friday, January 27.

The conference included other non-profit, civic and faith leaders who offered reactions to recent and upcoming executive orders signed by President Donald Trump.

It was held at 10 a.m. in St. Louis.

CAIR-MO is an office of the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.

airport protest 2Faizan Syed, the director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in St. Louis (CAIR), was one of the rally speakers leading chants for several hours. He stopped briefly to give KMOX News an assessment of the turnout, “I’m very amazed. It shows that Americans don’t like what Donald Trump is doing with his so-called Muslim ban. We are a country of immigrants and will always be a country of immigrants.”

Syed says there has been some local effect to the travel ban, “A Yemeni family, their 80-year-old grandmother got held up at JFK Airport for over 12 hours. Just this (Sunday) morning, she was released. An 80-year-old woman? What kind of security threat did she pose?”

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ST. LOUIS - The Missouri Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic-Relations was joined Friday by the American Civil Liberties Union and other organizations to speak out against the executive order signed by President Donald Trump earlier in the day.

At a news conference today, members of the group said immigrants provide tremendous value to America and banning immigration for some will only fuel bigotry and racism.

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