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West Sacramento Mayor Offers Help To People Affected By Trump Order

Mayors across the country have been taking calls from worried residents after President Trump's executive order barred some legal resident aliens from re-entering the United States.

West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon went to social media to offer help.

Cabaldon's says the intent of his tweet was simple, "if you are a West Sacramentan that is affected by the executive order, the travel ban, and the Muslim ban, and the entry ban, please let us know so that we connect you to support and legal assistance."

Cabaldon says about a dozen people have responded.

"A couple who are abroad and are concerned that they can't get back into town, a couple who are in town but who are worried about their family cannot return and then several people who have travel plans," says Cabaldon. "They are legal permanent residents of the U.S. but, they have a Cancun trip planned next weekend, or their sister is getting married in London in two weeks and they now are trapped and they don't know what to do about any of that."

When President Donald Trump signed an executive order to prevent people from certain countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days, that included people who are already resident aliens. The order resulted in deportations at airports that have international flights to the MidEast.

Cabaldon says he believes the President's order is unconstitutional and unconscionable.

"These hit at the community level," Cabaldon says, "Yes, it's about national policy, but, in the end, it's about just imagining your neighbors, your co-workers, folks that you see at the supermarket, just suddenly aren't here anymore."

On Sunday, a statement from Trump on Facebook said, in part,

"This is not about religion - this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order. We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days.

I have tremendous feeling for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria. My first priority will always be to protect and serve our country, but as President I will find ways to help all those who are suffering."

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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