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South Florida Muslim community reacts after Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban

By Vanessa Medina, For WSVN Channel 7 News, On 06 July 2018, Read Original
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FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) - Members of South Florida’s Muslim community are voicing their opinions following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban.

On Tuesday, the 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court supported Trump’s travel ban and rejected the notion that it discriminates against Muslims.

Muslims living in South Florida said this ban affects visitors traveling to the United States as well as their own family members once the ban goes into effect.

Shoppers at the Al Salam International Market in Plantation told 7News that they were aware of the news that took place Tuesday and feel that airports across the country won’t be safer because of the ban.

“It is very shameful. I came from another country too,” said Richard Khaleel who doesn’t agree with the ban. “I’m Jamaican. I came here and the border should be open for everybody.”

The ban restricts entry for people from Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, North Korea and Venezuela.

“That’s the president. What he wants, he’ll do,” said market employee Abdlmahdi JIhad. “Nothing can change.”

The Council on American Islamic Relations reacted to the ruling, calling this travel ban shameful.

“Since the campaign, Mr. Trump has taken the Muslim community as a political ball and played with them,” said Wilfredo Ruiz with CAIR. “That is precisely what is worrisome, and that’s why – at the beginning of the implementation of this Muslim ban – we saw airports flooded not with Muslims, with people of the broader community because they realize this is something that affects us all.”

The Council said this nation was built on the acceptance of every group and that banning Muslims like this is immoral.

“It won’t only affect Muslims. It’s affecting Muslims today, it might affect other people of other ethnicities or other religions tomorrow,” Ruiz said.

Meanwhile, in Washington D.C., protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday to express their frustration.

Those 7News spoke with said this is not about national security, this is about immigrants and discriminating against a certain religion.

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