AU students host panel discussion on Muslim travel ban one year later

WASHINGTON, DC -- Monday, the Muslim Student Association at American University held a panel discussion on President Trump’s Muslim travel ban and the legal and policy implications that have come about as a result.

The discussion comes just a few weeks ahead of when the Supreme Court will hear arguments as to whether the travel ban is constitutional.

Monday night’s meeting was really a rallying cry to garner support for the Muslim community and pressure the Supreme Court to do away with the ban.

“On my way back actually on the airplane, my dad and I heard on CNN that Trump was enacting the Muslim ban and I was terrified.”, said Yasman Hakami, who is hoping to reignite the conversation surrounding President Trump’s travel ban which has placed restrictions on six majority Muslim countries.
She works with the National Iranian American Council, one of the organizations represented at the panel discussion, which aims to educate and empower.

Ahmed Mohamad is an Attorney for the Council of American Islamic Relations and one of the panelists for the discussion and said, “Sometimes we forget how much harm and hate this is causing American Muslims in this country.”

He hopes that educating young people on the effects of the travel ban will help drive a national movement.

‘‘We’re hoping that that ignites a real passion in them to go out into the streets on April 25th and rally in front of the Supreme Court and let the court know what their thoughts are and how they should decide this case.”, said Mohamed.

Hakami hopes more people get involved in the fight against islamophobia, through similar discussions. She said, 
“It has to be a reoccurring conversation until no Muslim individual has to feel marginalized or targeted ever again.”

The Supreme Court is set to begin hearing arguments for and against the travel ban on April 25