Advocates for immigrants in New York expressed dismay Monday at the Supreme Court’s order implementing parts of President Trump’s travel ban, saying it would sow discrimination against Muslims and chaos at airports.
Confusion abounded about exactly how travelers from six Muslim-majority nations could prove a “bona fide relationship” with a person or entity in the U.S., exempting them from the ban.
Ibraham al-Qatabi, 37, a legal worker for the Center for Constitutional Rights, said he’d received calls from Yemeni families panicking about the ban going into effect.
“The law is vague, and I don’t think it’s justified,” Qatabi said, adding it will “give the government a blank check to discriminate against people from those countries as much as they want.”
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Adriene Holder, attorney-in-charge of the civil practice at the Legal Aid Society, said the executive order had a foundation based in racism and xenophobia.
“We are concerned that the resulting confusion and uncertainty will be exploited by the federal government to deny vulnerable individuals entry into this country,” Holder said.
Mayor de Blasio said he was disappointed in the Supreme Court’s ruling but held out hope it would issue a favorable decision.
“I am praying they will ultimately land on the side of justice and find it unconstitutional,” de Blasio said.