Local Islamic leader discusses impact of travel ban

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The Supreme Court ruled that only foreigners with bonafide relationships with someone or an American entity would be allowed to travel. (KFSN)

President Donald Trump earned a partial victory on his travel ban Monday with the US Supreme Court allowing a modified ban to take effect.

The US Supreme Court will also hear arguments on the travel ban in October, but a local Islamic leader wasn't happy to hear about this latest development.

The Supreme Court says only foreigners with bonafide relationships with someone or an American entity would be allowed to travel. That would include students accepted to U.S. universities, workers who take a job in the U.S. and people who have family here.

That still means that everybody else is going to have trouble getting to the United States," said Reza Nekumanesh with the Islamic Cultural Center.

Nekumanesh is the executive director of the cultural center. He says the ban hurts refugees in countries like Syria who face a 120-day ban so the vetting process can be strengthened.

"You can see that people are not only suffering, but they're trying to get away from evil, from war, from terror," he argued.

But Trump called the decision "a clear victory for our national security," tweeting he was very grateful for the 9-0 decision.

"It wasn't a big win for the administration, it wasn't a big loss for the administration," analyst Kate Shaw argued. "It really did split the baby."

Aside from the bonafide exceptions, people from Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Iran, Yemen and Syria would face a 90-day travel ban.

"Every time it comes up, every time it gets shot down, every time it comes again, it becomes another fear in our community," Nekumanesh said. "It becomes more anxiety."

The modified travel ban is supposed to be temporary, lasting 90 or 120 days. That means the ban could actually be over before the Supreme Court hears the case in the fall.

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