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Local residents with ties to countries affected by travel ban react to ruling

COLUMBUS (WCMH) - Columbus residents with ties to the five majority Muslim countries targeted by the president's travel ban say they fear they will never see their loved ones again.

"He needs to see me. I need my son," said Somalian father Abdulkadiar Mohammed.

Abdulkadir Mohammed called his 21-year-old son Mohammed in Nairobi, Kenya after he heard the United States Supreme Court's decision to uphold the travel ban.

"I'm a citizen. I work hard. I'm not a criminal. I need my son," said Mohammed.

Mohammed came to the United States in 2006 as a Somali refugee. He gained his citizenship in 2011.

He's been fighting for three years now for his son to do the same, working with the Somali Embassy in Nairobi.

"I need to have my son," said a crying Mohammed.

CAIR Columbus and representatives from around Columbus came together to denounce the higher courts ruling.

Angie Plummer with Community Refugee and Immigration Services represents people like Mohammed that just wants to reconnect with their loved ones.

"Because there is a terrorist presence in Somalia because there is this organization Al Shabab in Somalia that means no Somali's should be allowed to come to the United States? That's ludicrous, guilt by association," said Plummer.

"This decision goes down as one of the tragic decisions which has even ruled by our Supreme Court," said Romin Iqbal, Legal Director of CAIR Columbus.

CAIR Columbus says they plan to put pressure on Congress ahead of November's midterm election to overturn the ban.

"We will be mobilizing our community and people who support us on this issue to call up Congress on both parties and urge them to vote for these bills," said Iqbal. 


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