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Tulsa community leaders hold press conference on President Trump's travel ban

Posted at 11:45 AM, Jan 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-31 19:36:36-05

TULSA -- Tuesday, Tulsa community leaders gathered in solidarity to speak out on President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

The press conference was held at noon at the Islamic Society of Tulsa.

People from all faiths spoke up to ensure the muslim community they belong in Tulsa.

Every person affected said those sentiments were much needed.

“It just feels so heartening to know that America is still great,” said Javiera Khan.

For Khan, it hasn't felt that way since Trump signed his order temporarily banning immigration to the U.S.

“I feel like I'm telling myself that nothing is in past belief...there's no more 'this could never happen,'” she said.

Her home country of Pakistan is far off from the world she lives in now...she immigrated when she was 4.

“I feel like an American,” she said.

As do the thousands of muslims who call Tulsa home.

Community leaders spoke on their behalf as a message to all of Oklahoma.

“Be the voice for the vulnerable immigrants who are fleeing persecution,” said Aliye Shimi, of Tulsa Metropolitan Ministries.

“Everybody wants to have a peaceful life, everybody wants their families to be safe and prosper,” said Compassionate Tulsa Committee member Dr. Andrea Walker. “So we need to recognize those needs, regardless of what our political position is.”

The Islamic Society said so far, Tulsa's outreach to its members has been positive.

A neighborly stand in solidarity...and a thank you in return.

“People just want to be safe, they want a good job, they want to be happy, they want their families to be happy...and muslims are no different,” said Khan.

Islamic Council reps also say they're working with police to increase security on their campus.

Watch the full press conference in the player above.

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