Some Charlotte Muslims Worry About Partially Reinstating Travel Ban
The U.S. Supreme Court will review President Trump’s travel ban this fall. Until there's a ruling, the court decided to partially reinstate it. People from six predominately-Muslim countries will only be allowed to enter the country if they have some kind of U.S. connection. Trump called it a "clear victory" for national security. Some at the Islamic Center of Charlotte disagree.
A few people came to say prayers Monday night. Eid, which marks the end of Ramadan, just started the day before. The center's Imam, Bassan Obeid, said he doesn't think the ban is needed to weed out terrorists.
“I believe the United States has the capacity, with the level of security, the FBI, the CIA, to follow up and to distinguish between who is good and who is bad.”
Refugees from those six predominately-Muslim countries who already have some connection to the U.S. will be allowed entry. But those who don't won't be allowed in , at least until the court issues a ruling on the case. On his way in for prayers, Abdur Rauuf Saadiq said it worries him that the U.S. won't accept people from countries like Syria.
“It’s bad because there are Muslims in other countries and they’re being oppressed. And they’re trying to run away from the people who are trying to oppress them. They’re trying to come to a safe refuge in America.”
He also feels the travel ban discriminates against Muslims.