Council on American-Islamic Relations hosts town hall on halted travel ban

On Friday night, Muslims gathered at Dar Al-Hijrah mosque for prayer and preparation.

Those who showed up to the town hall listened to members from the Council on American-Islamic Relations speak about President Donald J. Trump’s second proposed travel ban.

“We have to stand as a unity to educate people around us,” said Zeinab, a Virginia resident.

Lannah Hussny is an American citizen who has family from Egypt, which is not one of the six countries listed in the proposed, temporary ban. But Hussny is still concerned about what it could mean for all Muslims.

“When I am traveling, [if] I run into any issues, how do I go about taking care of that, or feeling safe,” asked Hussny.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring also spoke at Friday’s forum. He believes the president’s travel bans are unconstitutional.

“It strikes at the very heart of who we are as Americans and it’s wrong and I can see and feel the pain,” said Herring.

Trump argues that the temporary ban is necessary to protect Americans from terrorists, which is why he said he intends to file an appeal to fight courts blocking his ban.