“Minnesota is home to the largest Somali population outside of Africa.”

Julio Zeleya with the Minnesota Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

That comment by Julio Zeleya with the Minnesota Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union was met with applause by dozens standing outside the Mankato Islamic Center to protest against the United States Supreme Court decision upholding the Trump administrations travel ban on those from certain foreign nations.

Mankato School Board Member Abdi Sabrie said today it may be Muslims feeling excluded from American society by this decision, but other groups will follow because, “Our president has made a habit of offending large groups of Americans and we feel solidarity with the Latinos, Mexican-Americans, Americans with disabilities, woman Americans. There is no safe place against this administration.”

Sabrie added that, “He cannot put his (prejudice) and bigotry into United States Policy and that’s what happened. The Supreme Court, which is supposed to be the last safe place for all Americans has become partisan.”

An ALCU lawyer explained that the high court decision will likely stand, and Zeleya added that grassroots efforts to overturn the policy may have some hope for success because, “When children were being locked up at the border – and still are, right? Families now are being locked up with an indefinite time frame and enough people stood up that the president had to change that policy.”

The travel ban includes immigrants, refugees, and visitors from seven countries – Venezuela, Libya, Syria, Iran, Yemen, North Korea, and Somalia.