Portlaoise Muslim Expresses Concern About Trump’s Travel Ban

Written 3 years ago by Rebecca Donnelly


U.S President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday.  The order bans citizens from Syria, Iraq, Libya, Iran, Yemen and Sudan from entering the United States for the next 90 days.  All these countries are mainly Muslim.

The order stopped refugees, visitors, legal green card holders and students from entering the U.S.  These people were stopped at airports across the world and many were held in airports across America.

The order has been condemned as anti-Muslim although President Trump stressed it is about terrorism and not about religion.  Chuck Schumer a Democratic Senator broke down in tears as he demanded the order to be reversed.  He called it “mean spirited and un-American”.  Trump has described Schumer’s tears as “fake”.

Kashmira Zahoor who lives in Portlaoise is the woman’s representative for the Irish Muslim peace and integration council.  She spoke to Will O’ Callaghan on Midlands Today about her concerns.

Zahoor says they are “Muslim majority countries and are targeting those countries because of the Muslims living there”.  She stated that many people see this as a religious thing even though U.S President Trump said it is not.  She went on to say a majority of people don’t agree with Trumps approach since there have been many protests around airports in the United States.

Many people were shocked such an extreme executive order was put through within U.S President Trumps first 8 days in office.  Zahoor fears for what will happen next.

Will O’ Callaghan questioned if this will cause more action for extremism.  Zahoor expressed that extremists are not Muslim but is afraid the law will be used as an excuse by these people to carry out acts of extremism.  She goes on to explain that Muslims in general are more fearful now than they were before that “the law basically tells people not to go back to their homes” in America.

She urges Taoiseach Enda Kenny to accept his St. Patricks day invite to Washington, she hopes the Irish government have a voice against this.  Zahoor added that by not going it won’t make a difference.

Listen to Kashmira Zahoor tell Will O’Callaghan her concerns: