Local Muslims react to Trump's travel ban surviving U.S. Supreme Court test

Court upholds travel ban

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Amid the ongoing controversy over the Trump Administration's stance on illegal immigrants at the southern border, the president won a legal victory at the U.S. Supreme Court over his controversial travel ban policy and some majority Muslim nations.

At a local mosque, men removed their shoes before entering for daily prayers.

For many local Muslims, what occurred at the court a thousand miles away is unsettling.

"People have this image since 911, you know, which is not our fault," said Imran Ishfaq, a Muslim-American who said he is a U.S. citizen.

Word of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision reached not only mosques, but a taxi holding area near the airport.

"It is bad, of course because there is a discrimination," said Ahmed Elsaadawi, another Muslim-American.

In a 5 to 4 decision, the nation's high court upheld Trump's ban, saying the policy has a "legitimate grounding in national security concerns."

The travel ban applies to travelers from five majority Muslim countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

It also affects two non-Muslim areas, North Korea and some Venezuelan government leaders and their families.

The president relished his legal victory before news cameras.

"The ruling shows that all of the attacks from the media and the Democrat politicians are wrong and they turned out to be very wrong and what we're looking for as Republicans, I can tell you is strong borders, no crime," said Trump.

"He is wrong, of course," said Elsaadawi.

Local Muslim-Americans see the Supreme Court-approved policy as an overreach.

"Banning people to come back and stuff like that, I think it's pretty bad," said Ishfaq.

He said law-abiding people will be unfairly hurt by the travel ban.

"I know, you know a lot of people, a lot of people left and are just kind of scared to come back, you know, like what's going to happen to them," said Ishfaq.

He also spoke of hurtful stereotypes.

"You know like growing a beard, you know or something doesn't make you a bad person," said Ishfaq.

In late 2015, while a candidate for president, Trump proposed a much broader Muslim ban.

Pres. Trump: "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on," said Trump to cheers at the time.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry issued a statement in support of the high court's ruling.

"The Supreme Court just ruled that the President lawfully exercised the broad discretion granted to him under Section 1182(f) to suspend the entry of aliens into the United States. I applaud the majority for defending the Constitution and upholding the rule of law. In February, I joined state leaders from across the country in a legal brief supporting the President's Proclamation; today, our request was granted. Today is a victory for America and her citizens."

Local Muslims said stereotypes extend to their religion.  They said nothing about Islam espouses terrorism or other bad acts.

"The holy book…the whole book does not teach anybody about terrorism, or bad parts, it actually teaches you good things," said Ishfaq.

"The Islamic religion is away from what they are thinking about. It is better," said Elsaadawi.

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