Travel Ban Opponents In Chicago Hope For The Best With Supreme Court

Craig Dellimore
April 24, 2018 - 3:37 pm
Ahmed Rehab

WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- On the eve of oral arguments, advocates for immigrants and others pleaded Tuesday with the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Trump Administration’s Travel Ban on predominately Muslim countries.

Ahmed Rehab, Chicago’s director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the police hurts families that have done nothing wrong.

“These are people that the government is not claiming are on some watch list or have committed some kind of crime or are engaging in suspicious activity,” he said. “These are people whose only ‘crime’ was to be born into the wrong religion or into the wrong nationality.”

The advocates say some family members are being kept apart. Employers are unable to hire the people they want from overseas and some people are unable to come to the U.S. to pursue their education, critics say.

Ed Yohnka with the Illinois ACLU said it is vital that the justices do what every other court has done: reject the ban.

“We can’t permit the idea of this kind of religious bias to be written into our laws,” he said