MAI — “Travel ban impacts international students studying in Indiana”

Derrick Thomas and Katie Cox, “Travel ban impacts international students studying in Indiana,” WRTV June 28, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS — The president’s push to tighten our borders isn’t just being felt by those who are crossing over illegally, it’s also impacting students studying internationally here in Indiana.

The travel ban prohibits people from five mostly-Muslim countries along with North Korea and Venezuela from visiting the United States.

Afsoon Mohseni is from Iran but she just graduated with her master’s degree in philanthropy from IUPUI.

Mohseni says she longs to see her family but knows they can’t come to the United States to visit her now.

“It puts a burden on people with good will,” Mohseni said. “People who love this country and people who cherish freedom and all the values that this country is built upon.”

Reza Farahani is pursuing his doctoral degree in engineering at IUPUI.

His father is going to have heart surgery in two weeks but if he travels back home to see him, he wouldn’t be able to get back into the country.

“I get to see two members of my family if I’m lucky every two years, before all of this. Now, I’m not going to see them at all,” Farahani said. “I think it’s a never-ending loop because there is no logic involved. You get nowhere.”

The Muslim Alliance of Indiana is asking their members to write letters to their representatives expressing their concerns about the travel ban and what it means to their community.

The ACLU of Indiana and Exodus Refugee held a press conference to discuss the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Trump’s travel ban.

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