Group gathers at Newark airport to praise decision to block President Trump’s latest travel ban

Group gathers at Newark airport to praise decision to block President Trump's latest travel ban

Group gathers at Newark airport to praise decision to block President Trump's latest travel ban (3/16/17)

NEWARK - A group of local civil rights activists, lawmakers and clergy members gathered in the international arrivals section at Newark airport today to praise the decision of a federal judge in Hawaii to block President Trump’s new travel ban, just hours before it was supposed to go into effect.

The group says while they see the judges' blocks as a victory, they believe the issue is far from over, and they say they want to send a message of unity against the order.

“We agree that it’s the intent to discriminate against Muslims,” says Abdul Mubarak-Rowe, of CAIR New Jersey. “Because we've had Muslims who've been detained simply on the basis of religion alone.  Those who were born here, for example Muhammad Ali's son, who was detained and asked 'what is your religion?' twice.”

The revised temporary travel ban was supposed to take effect at midnight, but last night a federal judge struck down the order, ruling it unconstitutional.

The judge says it was illogical to believe the ban was not motivated by religious discrimination.

The revised version covers six Muslim-majority countries instead of seven, and exempts green card and visa holders.

The ban would bar people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days, and all refugees for 120 days.

Iraq was removed from the list on the original order.

The original list was also struck down by a federal judge, blocking it from continuing.

President Trump has responded to this latest block, calling it "unprecedented judicial overreach" and vowing to take the case to the Supreme Court.


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