There are a lot questions throughout Connecticut’s Muslim community about President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries, which will be implemented beginning Thursday.
Those nations include Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court said that the ban can be enforced for refugees and travelers who do not have close personal relations living in the United States. There remain questions about how those ‘personal relations’ will be defined.
The Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued an advisory on Monday urging local Muslims to speak with an immigration lawyer before traveling internationally.
CAIR’s Executive Director, Mongi Dhaouadi, said the new rules of the ban come at an unsettling time, as this week marks the end of holy week of Ramadan.
“Some of our staff members, especially our lawyers, had to come back and get back to work on a day that they were supposed to be celebrating this holiday with their families and friends,” said Dhaouadi. “Obviously, there’s a lot of anxiety,” he said.
CAIR Connecticut is in the process of using social media and planning town hall meetings to notify Muslims about the new rules the ban will bring.