Local refugees react to Supreme Court travel ban ruling


The Supreme Court has spoken, Tuesday’s ruling upholds President Trump's travel ban.

The ban that affects several Muslim countries.

In the state, Muslim refugees fear this will endanger lives and tear apart families.

Governor Dannel Malloy calls the ban cruel and callous.

Connecticut has opened its doors to refugees fleeing war, starvation and other atrocities.

Those who have made the journey say the travel ban will prevent them from being reunited with loved ones.

"No utilities, no bread to live to eat, no medications, so why should I stay longer,” said Dana Jalabi, a Syrian refugee.

Jalabi couldn't live in her hometown in Syria anymore.

First, she went to Lebanon with her mother, then to Connecticut about a year ago.

She had to leave everything behind.

"My bed, my room, I miss my pillow. Nobody wants to leave but the circumstances made us leave,” said Jalabi.

She came here to join her sister, who has become a US citizen.

They want to bring their 73-year-old mother to live with them but the travel ban includes Syria.

The Supreme Court agrees the president has the power to exclude any group of people from entering the United States.

"The constitution has been interpreted as giving Congress and the president pretty much a blank check,” said Jilda Aliotta, University of Hartford political professor.

Aliotta teaches politics at the University of Hartford.

She says the ban is intended to be temporary, but could have lasting effects.

"It provides confirmation for those people who believe people from certain countries or ascribe to certain religions are or tend to be dangerous,” said Aliotta.

Ann O'Brien has helped integrate hundreds of refugees.

Her organization helps find them housing in the New Haven area.

"They are running from unbearable conditions where they are not sure they are safe, nor that their families can remain safe,” said O’Brien from IRIS.

Jalabi worries about her mom and whether she will ever see her again.

"My mom is still at Lebanon. She was separated from my case as a refugee. She applied three times for a tourist visa, she was refused, and for a green card was refused,” said Jalabi.

Some see the travel ban and what's been happening at US border eerily similar to how Japanese were treated in this country during WWII.

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