Somali Muslim speaks out on travel ban changes - Tucson News Now

Somali Muslim speaks out on travel ban changes

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

On Monday, President Trump signed a new travel ban executive order, removing Iraq from the list of banned countries.

Tucson News Now spoke to a Somali Muslim who said President Trump’s new travel ban has been improved from the first roll-out and a step in the right direction, but he still views it as a Muslim ban, and said it creates an anti-Muslim atmosphere.

Ismail Osman is a Somali-American who came to the U.S. 19 years ago. In 2004 he became a US citizen. He owns Nur Market on Speedway with his family. He said the majority of his customers are from Iran, Iraq and Somalia. All three of those countries were on the previous immigration ban.

Although Trump now removed Iraq from the list, it sill affects would-be visitors from entering our country. Osman said many of his customers who came in over the last few days having been talking about this and are worried.

“The biggest concern they have is not necessarily just the ban on who can come here.  It’s more of the sentiment and what this sends – the discrimination and hatred toward their religion and that’s what they’re really more afraid of,” Owner of Nur Market, Ismail Osman said.

The new immigration order will take effect next week.

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