People in Lexington not fans of Supreme Court travel ban “compromise”
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Some members of Lexington’s Muslim community are calling the supreme court’s Monday decision to allow the President’s travel ban, in part, disappointing. They say even allowing parts of the ban to take effect is not fair.
People on both sides of the issue are not fans of the compromise.
If you pray, maybe you give thanks, and ask for health, wealth, and safety. Those are all things UK PhD student Adnan Darwish says he thinks about during prayer. Monday, there is something else on the minds of many Muslims in the U.S., the supreme court’s temporary decision on president Donald Trump’s travel ban.
“It’s upsetting,” Darwish said.
“The court decided Monday the temporary ban will go forward, in part. Citizens of six Muslim majority countries will not be allowed into the U.S. unless they have a bonafide relationship with a person or entity in the country. It is a compromise of sorts, but one that frustrates Darwish, who is Syrian.
“It’s good for me, but then what about the people who just finished their bachelor degree and want to go for PhD like me?” Darwish said.
Darwish says it is not fair. He says he had to go through a lot of vetting to get into the country, and he thinks the ban targets the wrong people.
“If you have a terrorist organization or things like that, they don’t need the borders to go in,” Darwish said.
He says when he first heard about the ban, he worried he would not be able to go see family without being blocked from returning to finish his studies. Now, he says not much has changed.
“That’s a good thing that you’re allowed to see your family or going in, but to be honest I still don’t feel safe to go back,” Darwish said.
A couple blocks away, waiting for the bus downtown, Trump supporter Billy Harrison says he feels safer after Monday’s court decision.
“It’s a step towards the right thing,” Harrison said.
Even though, parts of the ban are allowed to continue, like Darwish, Harrison is frustrated.
When you feel strongly about something, compromise does not come easily.
“I think they should do it no matter what all the time now until people are properly vetted,” Harrison said.
He says he has heard a lot about terrorism in Europe right now, and it worries him too much to give up on what he thinks is right.
“No. No, I don’t think it’s important to compromise. I think it’s important to do what’s best for the United States and what’s best for Americans,” Harrison said.
What’s best for Americans, Americans cannot agree on, but what is legal, the Supreme Court says it will decide in October.