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