Travel ban

The Detroit News - - Front Page - Staff Writer Mark Hicks and As­so­ci­ated Press con­trib­uted.

many of the peo­ple that the fed­eral govern­ment de­cided to ex­clude are con­sid­ered “close fam­ily” in Hawaii.

Sim­i­larly, some ad­vo­cates for im­mi­grants from the six coun­tries are out­raged that the cov­ered re­la­tion­ships do not in­clude ex­tended fam­ily, es­pe­cially grand­par­ents.

A Twit­ter cam­paign was be­gun to protest some of the pro­vi­sions: #Grand­par­entsNotTer­ror­ists, started by the Na­tional Ira­nian Amer­i­can Coun­cil’s ac­tion group. A hand­ful of peo­ple posted pho­tos.

“This is my lovely grandma. @re­alDon­aldTrump does she look like a ter­ror­ist to you?” tweeted El­ham Khatami, NIAC na­tional out­reach di­rec­tor.

At Detroit Metro Air­port, where hun­dreds ral­lied in Jan­uary to protest the first ver­sion of the ban, spokesman Brian Las­saline re­ferred ques­tions to the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity. Agency rep­re­sen­ta­tives did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

While some are frus­trated by the pro­vi­sions, which emerged this week, oth­ers say the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has the right to im­pose the re­stric­tions.

“What it re­ally means is that peo­ple com­ing on ca­sual travel are not go­ing to be al­lowed in the U.S.” said Richard Kent, an East­pointe-based im­mi­gra­tion lawyer.

“The pres­i­dent’s re­stric­tion are law­ful; he has the power to do it, so I am not sur­prised at the Supreme Court rul­ing.

“The wis­dom of the pol­icy is open to de­bate,” Kent con­tin­ued. “We are ob­vi­ously go­ing to of­fend a lot of the Mus­lim com­mu­nity. On the other hand, ev­ery one of the na­tions (on the travel ban list) are some­where in be­tween chaos and dis­or­der.”

But the head of the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Is­lamic Re­la­tions promised a le­gal fight.

“By ar­bi­trar­ily Amer­i­can Mus­lims

di­vid­ing from their grand­par­ents and other close rel­a­tives over­seas, the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s new rules vi­o­late the Supreme Court’s de­ci­sion,” said CAIR’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Ni­had Awad.

As the ban starts, “we are go­ing to be pay­ing re­ally close at­ten­tion to how the new rules are im­ple­mented and chal­leng­ing in­ter­pre­ta­tions that are ar­bi­trary and dis­crim­i­na­tory,” said Kary Moss, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at ACLU of Michi­gan.

Dawud Walid, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at CAIR’s Michi­gan chap­ter, said his group is “brac­ing for a po­ten­tial calls that will take place due to harass­ment start­ing this week­end. We will be mon­i­tor­ing calls that come into our of­fice for a quick re­sponse.”

Many oth­ers agreed the ban dis­crim­i­nates against res­i­dents of the six af­fected coun­tries.

“What de­fines a close re­la­tion­ship?” said Nasser Bey­doun, chair­man of the Arab Amer­i­can Civil Rights League in Dear­born. “In the end, (those) who are go­ing to suf­fer are those from coun­tries that are war-torn and be­ing pun­ished for poli­cies that are racist.”

Sean DeFour, vice pres­i­dent of child and fam­ily ser­vices at Sa­mar­i­tas, the largest refugee re­set­tle­ment agency in Michi­gan, said they know that any refugee with travel booked through Thurs­day will get in. But af­ter that, they are wait­ing for guid­ance on who will be al­lowed to come un­til the Supreme Court hears the case.

“As a faith-based or­ga­ni­za­tion,” DeFour said, “we feel when we fear peo­ple who are dif­fer­ent from us, we are not liv­ing in Christ’s image. We don’t feel the travel ban is re­flec­tive of who we are as a na­tion.”

Photo pro­vided by Morteza Taiebat

El­ham Amini, left, and Morteza Taiebat are wor­ried about their Iran wed­ding plans.

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