ACLU discusses how Supreme Court’s decision to uphold travel ban affects Indy’s Muslim community

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The ACLU of Indiana, along with Exodus Refugee Immigration and the Muslim Alliance of Indiana hosted a press conference to address the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Trump’s travel ban.

During the press conference leaders called on Hoosiers to take action; and apply pressure to members of congress to come up with a better system.

"The court has failed to see this executive order for what it really is, a racist and discriminatory policy against Muslims, “Sara Hindi of Exodus Refugee Immigration said.

The ruling upholds a ban on travel from five mostly Muslim countries, as well as North Korea and Venezuela.

The Trump administration says those countries lack proper screening and security measures for people trying to enter the U.S.

Local activists here say, some of the people who live in our area will be separated from their families and loved ones abroad.

“ It not only creates a fear for people oversees who are seeking refuge in the United States, awaiting to see their family members, but it also creates an internal fear in our own refugee and immigrant communities,” Hindi said.

While the have been no polls conducted in 2018, a 2017 NBC/WSJ poll found that 44% of Americans believe the ban is necessary, while 45% of Americans believe a ban is not necessary.

Congressman Todd Rokita, a supporter of the ban also issued this statement in response to the SCOTUS ruling.

“The Supreme Court ruling finally set the record straight that this was never a ban on Muslim refugees, only a travel restriction on countries who threaten the security and safety of Americans. This ruling shines even more light on the lies of the liberal elite who continually manipulate and distort the intentions of our President. The bottom line is, the Democrats would rather let terrorists into our country than enforce the laws that protect our nation.” – Congressman Todd Rokita

The travel ban has been enforced since last December when the justices said it could take effect while they considered the case.

Aliya Amin, the executive director of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana says the organization plans on creating a letter campaign urging Hoosiers opposed to the ban to contact members of congress.

“Hoosiers are welcoming and that will not change, Americans are welcoming, and we hope that those are the values that come through,” she said.