President Trump tweets push for Muslim travel ban

FRESNO, Calif. - After terror hit London Saturday night, President Donald Trump tweeted support for the U.S. ally. However, he also made a push for his proposed travel ban. An executive action a local Muslim leader and security expert want to remain in legal limbo.

President Trump was sure to send support for Britain, saying in a tweet, "Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U.K., we will be there."

However, before that, President Trump tweeted a little promotion for his proposed travel ban that would halt travel with six Muslim-majority nations. He said in the tweet, "We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!"

Reza Nekumanesh, the director of the Islamic Cultural Center in Fresno, said it's tiring to hear the travel ban be brought up time and time again.

Especially after courts have blocked it and called it unconstitutional.

"It didn't make any sense the first time, it was painful the second time," he said. "The American people have stood up against the Muslim ban. Our courts have stood up against the Muslim ban, even in the appellate court."

For him, the ban reinforces radical terrorism as the norm for his religion.

"We're against violence, we're against terror, and we're against inhumanity. Try to look past the political rhetoric," Nekumanesh said.

Former FBI counter terrorism manager Tom Knowles said the ban would hurt the U.S. battle against radical Islamic groups. He argues that if it were in place, the communities needed to take down those groups wouldn't be here to help.

"You can't stop [radical terrorism] without exceptional intelligence. Human sources are the best intelligence source, far above electronic surveillance," said Knowles.

On Thursday, the Trump administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revive the travel ban. It will be referred to the full court and the justices will likely ask for a response from the ban's challengers.


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