San Diego faith and civil rights leaders are uniting against President Trump’s executive order that places a temporary ban on refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced Tuesday the formation of a "Forum on Religious Freedom" coalition that will fight Islamophobia in San Diego.
Andrea Guerrero, executive director of Alliance San Diego, said her organization was standing up with its Muslim brothers and sisters because standing down was not an option.
"Bowing down is not an option in a time such as we're living, where our very constitutional principles — the freedom of religion, the freedom of assembly, the freedom of speech — are at stake," Guerrero said. "When we have a president who dares to try to strip those things away from us, who seeks to divide us, who seeks to exclude us, we must stand up."