Berks reacts to Supreme Court 's action on travel ban

Berks reacts to Supreme Court 's...

READING, Pa. - The Supreme Court is letting much of President Donald Trump's travel ban take effect.

The move means people from six Muslim-majority nations will be banned from entering the United States for 90 days unless they have "a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." That means they need to have a spouse or a close relative who lives here, pre-existing employment, or been accepted to a college or university.

President Trump praised the victory on Twitter, writing: "Very grateful for the 9-O decision from the U. S. Supreme Court. We must keep America SAFE!"

Joe Rudderow, the chairman of the Berks County Republicans, also praised the victory.

"By suspending travel for the six most terror-ridden countries and allowing the refugee suspension to become largely effective, the Supreme Court has strengthened the Trump administration's ability to protect the American people," Rudderow said.

When the ban was first instituted in January, there was mass confusion at airports, and millions of people protested. Soon after, several federal judges struck it down and the ban had been halted.

Not everyone is praising the Supreme Court's action.

"I cannot find any explanation to justify a decision like this," said Elsayed Elmarzouky, the president of the Islamic Center of Reading.

He said the ban is a disgrace.

"How can you filter certain people and say, because we are going to prevent terrorists, we have terrorists here," said Elmarzouky. "It doesn't have to be a Muslim to be a terrorist."

Although this ban is only temporary, by the time the Supreme Court is back in session, the 90-day period will be over, so while they will hear the legal arguments then, the justices acknowledged that the case may be moot.

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