Protesters gathered outside the downtown Federal Building Tuesday to rally against the United States Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
“No hate, no wall! Refugees are welcome here,” was just one of the chants people recited as they called for a more compassionate U.S. immigration policy.
Among them was Sarah Farouq, 19, who immigrated to the United States 10 years ago from Iraq, fleeing persecution.
“Just like this country was founded on religious freedom from religious persecution for safety, we’re doing the opposite of what we’re founded on."
Other protesters held signs reading “Shame on SCOTUS,” and “All Religions Believe in Justice.”
In a 5 to 4 ruling, the Supreme Court decided President Trump is acting within his right to protect the United States.
San Diegan Fred Chesley says the ban makes him feel safer.
“I don’t want just anyone coming into our country posing a threat to the citizens and our opportunities," Chesley said.
Muslim American Issam Lagrichi said he was concerned about the impact a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” will have on Muslim’s image.
“We already have a negative sentiment in general against Muslims in this country. Sadly. This Muslim ban is reinforcing that sentiment.“ Lagrichi said.
Protesters vowed the fight isn't over, saying now is the time to stand with Muslims.
“This is a human issue,” said Lagrichi, who works for the Islamic Circle of North America. “This is a moral issue in this country and all of us should stand against immorality."
Organizers say they’re hoping to make change come election time by voting out Republicans and, eventually, the President.