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CAIR Cincinnati Reacts To SCOTUS Upholding Trump Travel Ban

Tana Weingartner
CAIR Executive Director Karen Dabdoub (left) and staff attorney Sana Hassan speak with media about Tuesday's Supreme Court decision upholding President Trump's travel ban.

Leaders with the Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) say they're upset about Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling in Trump v. Hawaii.

In a 5-4 decision, the court upheld President Trump's restriction on people traveling from certain Muslim-majority countries. The court majority writes such a ban is "squarely within the scope of Presidential authority under the INA" (Immigration and Nationality Act).

CAIR-Cincinnati attorney Sana Hassan says the Supreme Court has been wrong before, and is wrong now.

"From upholding slavery and segregation to banning Chinese immigrants and interning Japanese-Americans," Hassan says. "We are confident that history will recognize [Tuesday's] Muslim ban ruling as just another unjust decision."

Hassan says they'll push Congress to reverse the ban, adding CAIR expects to see rallies nationwide protesting the decision. That could include something local.

Chapter Executive Director Karen Daboub says the issues behind the president's travel ban aren't unique to the Muslim community.

"This administration is working very hard to marginalize communities of color all across this country, whether it's the black community, the hispanic community, immigrant communities, the Muslim community and others," Dabdoub says. "We are by far not the only community that is suffering under this administration."

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