Travel ban decision sparks city protests

Late Tuesday morning, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s controversial ban on travel from seven nations by a 5-4 decision.
This means access to the United States for nationals from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen will be restricted.

Protests over the decision broke out across the country with some demonstrators even rallying outside the Supreme Court itself. Protestors in Manhattan gathered in Foley Square and chanted “shame.”

In Queens and across the city, leaders were quick to blast the ruling — all five conservative justices ruled to uphold the ban while the bench’s four liberals dissented.

“This ban is institutionalized Islamophobia, promoted under the guise of national security,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement. “Banning people from our country on the basis of religion is an affront to our founding ideals. With this decision, the highest court in the land has sent a message of exclusion and division across the globe.

“As our president tries to build walls, New York City will continue to welcome people from all over the world to our shores, from all faith traditions.”

During the 2017 fiscal year, the federal government issued about 87,000 “non-immigrant” visas from the seven nations affected by the travel ban, CNN reported.

Those include people ranging from tourists to students to those doing business in the United States.

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