MILPITAS, Calif. (KGO) -- As about 200 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community gathered Monday morning in Milpitas, the Supreme Court of the United States indicated it will permit the Trump Administration to proceed with a temporary version of its travel ban aimed at six predominantly Muslim countries, ahead of hearing full arguments in October.
For the nation's more than 3.3 million Muslims, today is a festive occasion following the month-long observance of Ramadan in which the faithful fast from morning to night as an affirmation of their faith. The reaction to the court's ruling was measured disappointment.
"This is really going against the fundamental fabric of this country and the fundamental backbone of what this society has been built upon," said Faysal Sohail, deputy spokesman for the Admadiyya Muslim Community.
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The ban targets visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who cannot provide a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." The Administration says the 90-day ban is necessary to review national security screening procedures from those countries.
A White House memo indicates the ban will take effect in 72 hours to prevent the kind of chaos that broke out after the initial ban was issued, leaving travelers in limbo.
Another spokesman for the Admadiyya Muslim Community is worried that the Supreme Court's action today may fan the flames of anti-Muslim sentiment. "I do feel tis ban is of great concern with regards to people who may have some predisposed prejudices," said Nusrat Qadir Chaudhry.
David Louie will have a full report on ABC7 News at 5 and 6 p.m. today.
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