Mercer Island woman urges opposition to travel ban
SEATTLE - The latest version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban could now hinge on a decision coming out of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
As judges consider the legal challenges asking to overturn the executive order, one woman is raising her voice to call for the ban to be lifted.
Aisha Jumaan is from Yemen originally, but lives in Mercer Island with her family now. Jumaan believes it is wrong for the U.S. to support Saudi Arabian bombing raids in Yemen which turn innocent families into refugees, and then to tell those same families they aren’t welcome in America.
“This is wrong for our country,” Jumaan said. “You just do not ban a whole group of people because of a perceived notion of what these people may or may not do."
Jumaan says by allowing travel, foreign visitors can see for themselves the freedoms so many Americans cherish.
“That's how we break barriers,” she said. “That's how we break fear. But also, that's how we prevent terror."
Jumaan is currently involved in fund-raising efforts to get food donations to needy families in Yemen. She also is heavily involved in the work of a relief agency to help people in Yemen who have been impacted by the recent war.