Muslim community reacts to SCOTUS ruling to allow travel ban
STERLING, Va. — Monday, the Supreme Court ruled to allow President Trump’s newest version of his travel ban to be enforced.
Previous versions restricted travel from seven majority Muslim countries, including Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, and Libya.
This latest version now includes Venezuela, Chad, and North Korea.
“It’s easier to swallow because there’s three countries in there that aren’t Muslim countries, but it’s just an easier way to swallow the pill, but the medication is still the same.”, said Hurunness Fariad of the the All Dulles Area Muslim Society or ADAMS Center.
Fariad says the ban not only hurts refugees looking for a better life, but also takes away from the value many can add to the U.S.
“A lot of these people who want to come here are scholars, are scientists, are Fulbright Scholars and they want to come and study and give back, and they give back to this country. And it also effects our economy as well. I mean, it’s in the billions.”, said Fariad.
There is also the breaking up of families which is a likely fallout from the ban.
Fariad immigrated to the US as a child with her family, escaping war in Afghanistan..
Though for many, some family members are often left in their home countries.
Fariad said, “It’s worrisome for a lot because they do have family members overseas and them not being able to see them, even if they’re American citizens, and not having families be able to come here and visit them, it’s heartbreaking.”
The travel ban is said to be based on the security of each country and their willingness to share information about travelers
There is still a chance that enforcement of this latest version of the Trump travel ban could be halted.
Government appeals against the Hawaii and Maryland rulings which blocked the ban- are scheduled to be heard this week.