Limited Version of Trump Travel Ban Supported by U.S. Supreme Court

FRESNO, Calif. - The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on one of President Donald Trump's most controversial act in office - the travel ban.

On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to allow parts of Trump's travel ban to take immediate effect. This Fall, they'll take up the entire case, on whether the travel ban executive order covering six Muslim-majority countries is lawful.

The order applies to citizens from six nations, including Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. The order, if enacted, would suspend the Nation's refugee program for 120 days. The White House is calling this a major win for the Trump administration.

The travel ban affects many locals, especially those with ties in the six banned countries. This decision has stirred up major emotions from both sides, just like back in January when Trump first introduced his travel ban. On Monday, Trump said he was very grateful for the court's decision, but it's leaving many local Muslims feeling worried.

Reza Nekumanesh is the executive director of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno. He said, "The first thing I thought was, wow he actually got a victory. We think it's a complete injustice, you know it's based upon somebody's religion."

But local Trump supporter Michael Der Manouel Jr. said the President is not banning people based on religion.

"I think Trump's in good shape on this. I always thought he was," stated Der Manouel.

Der Manouel said the ban is based on terrorism and ensuring protection of the U.S.

He said, "These are countries that are known sponsors of terrorism. So, I don't want terrorism here, so I thought it made a lot of sense."

Political analyst Don Larson agrees the Supreme Court has handed down a small victory to Trump.

Larson stated, "They want to see now what happens and what the reactions are and what the problems are and how we handle a situation, and then they will make a decision when they hear the rest of the case in October."

In the meantime, Reza said he and many of those in his community are left feeling uneasy.


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