Donald Trump’s immigration ban: Australian refugee and migrant communities react angrily

The criminal and refugee lawyer based in Sydney’s west was a former child soldier in Sudan and came to Australia as a refugee in 1998.

Mr Adut is a dual Australia-South Sudan citizen who has not been affected by the ban, which is directed at the Muslim-dominant Republic of Sudan — but he has nevertheless condemned it.

“The culture of punishing the innocent and weak countries has got to stop.

“It is creating economic deprivation for the local people; the victims are the poor, the ones that have no skills, the refugees.

“If Mr Trump succeeds with this ban and it stands up in court, the countries on the list should exclude Americans. America should be forced to leave Iraq and Syria and any other countries on the list where their military personnel and civilians are present. The hypocrisy is too much.

“There are homegrown threats in America that Mr Trump should be focusing on, instead of the perceived threats of foreigners.”

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A Western Sydney woman says her Iranian family has been torn apart by the travel ban imposed by Mr Trump.

Farzaneh Ahmadi is an Iranian citizen who has been working and living in Homebush for several years.

Her mother and father flew to Australia from Iran in October, and were set to fly to the United States last Saturday with Ms Ahmadi’s sister Fahimeh, who has a dual Australian/Iranian passport.

They were meant to be visiting their son Mousa who is studying in the United States on a single entry student visa, meaning he cannot leave the country and return.

But their trip on Saturday was halted, after Mousa spoke to immigration staff at JFK airport.

“They said if someone comes with an Iranian passport, we wouldn’t let them in,” she said.

“I looked at my dad he was crying, my mum she was crying.”

Worried about their brother’s safety, they took a gamble and got Fahimeh onto her flight.

“So I called (the airline) and said we should fight for my sister. She’s a dual citizen (Australian and Iranian) maybe we can get her in.”

Fahimeh arrived in the States this morning but Farzaneh says the experience has scarred her family.

“It just came as a very unclear ban with no clear margin, people with green cards, my sister had a multiple entry visa to the US for five years, even that wasn’t any point of certainty for us,” she said.

Dr Ahmed Alrubaie is a Sydney-based gastroenterologist who has been in Australia for more than 22 years.

He is also a dual citizen, holding both Australian and Iraqi passports.

Dr Alrubaie is also part of the Iraqi Australian University Graduates Forum and said the community was shocked by the ban.

A female terrorism researcher from Canberra, who wished not to be named, said her husband was from a country that falls under the migratory ban and it could actually fuel more instances of radicalisation.

“The fact that it was introduced so quickly and effective immediately was the thing that I found the most difficult to process,” she said.

“It’s just insanity. We’re in 2017, this is stuff that really should not be happening right now.” Source: abc

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