The organizers of Austin’s South by Southwest festival said Sunday night that they are “alarmed” by the Trump administration’s changes to U.S. immigration policy.
President Donald Trump on Friday signed an order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and suspending all refugee admission for 120 days. A number of protests have arisen around the country since then, including in Austin.
South by Southwest, one of Austin’s largest and best-known events, issued the following statement Sunday night regarding the policies:
“SXSW is alarmed by the Trump administration’s decision to ban citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S.
We stand against discriminatory laws and unequivocally support civil rights for all persons everywhere. Participation by speakers, artists, and filmmakers from around the world is crucial to the creative mix of ideas that makes our event meaningful.
We are working to understand how the ban will impact our participants and how we can use our voice to support those directly affected by this executive order.”
South by Southwest begins March 10 with the first day of SXSW Interactive.
You can find more information about this year’s event at www.512tech.com/tech-categories/sxsw.
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