Connecticut residents react to travel ban as advocacy group issues warning

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH)– In just two days, a portion of President Trump‘s travel ban will go into effect. This after the Supreme Court ruled on it Monday.

Now a local advocacy group is warning people from the six countries targeted.

President Donald Trump declared the ruling a victory but the Supreme Court decided only a portion of the travel ban will go into effect. The President’s order blocked travel to the U.S. for 90 day by people from six predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan.

Related: Court partly reinstates Trump travel ban, fall arguments set

The court declared that the government cannot ban people “if they have a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” That includes family members of U.S. residents; students admitted to American universities; workers accepting a job offer in the U.S.; and speakers invited to address an American audience. Analysts say this will predominantly impact refugees.

We found some travelers at Bradley International Airport who would like to see the ban gone.

“It still seems inhumane because the refugees need somewhere to go. There’s a huge refugee crisis in the world and we need to help people,” said Julia Caruk, South Windsor.

“This country wasn’t founded on travel bans. It’s founded on freedom. Freedom of religion. Freedom of passage. Freedom of commerce. That’s what we should embrace,” said Charette.

Other travelers were happy to see the ban go through.

“We need to be safe and there’s a lot of people who want to come here and do stupid stuff,” said Ray Luden, Guilford. “It (the ban) had to start somewhere. A little adjustment is ok.”

“Just doing what should have been done a long time ago. Where we control who comes in and who goes out,” said Kevin Fisher from Somers who supports the ban.

Related: Watchdog group issues travel alert for Muslims in Connecticut

Monday night, the Connecticut chapter council on American-Islamic relations warned citizens of the six targeted countries who are in Connecticut as lawful permanent residents, students, workers, or tourists to consult with an immigration attorney before traveling overseas.

CAIR stated:

Although we welcome the Supreme Court’s decision to continue freezing key parts of the executive order, the court missed the broader point…because anti-Muslim bigotry motivated President Trump’s Muslim ban, no part of the ban should take effect for any length of time.”

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