Charlotteans caught in the middle, react to Supreme Court over immigration

Supreme Court upholds travel ban

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The U.S. Supreme Court decided Tuesday to uphold President Trump's controversial travel ban on several mostly Muslim countries and its impact can be felt on the streets of Charlotte.

Uptown intersections are often occupied by taxi drivers from outside the U.S. Driver Ali Abdi arrived here from Somalia almost two decades ago. His homeland is one of the countries on the travel ban list.

He reflects on the his journey that took him from the status of a refugee to American citizen.

"I believe to come to America it took me like two years," he said.

Douglas Thie is a Charlotte based immigration attorney who feels the justices decision isn't about immigration discretion, but rather in your face discrimination.

"It is one of the last areas of law where you can discriminate based on race, religion, national origin and a number of other factors that our courts and our laws have said in the past that are no longer acceptable," he said. "It does to an extent open a Pandora's box."

Jabrill Hough is spokesperson for the Islamic Center of Charlotte who feels the legal ruling gives the picture that America is against Muslims.

Meanwhile, one American taxi driver is already focused on Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential race.

"His administration is going to be four years to handle this country, and it's going to be finished," Abdi said.

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