Refugees, advocates distressed over travel ban court ruling

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Refugees and immigration advocates in Connecticut say they're distressed over the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Trump administration's travel ban on seven countries, most of which are predominantly Muslim countries.

There was confusion last year for travelers and protests at airports after President Donald Trump issued an executive order mandating the ban.

Maha Karahamad considers herself lucky. The former Syrian refugee is now a green card holder with a promising career. She says she is deeply disappointed inthe decision.

“We were waiting for this day, and I was sure this was not going to happen,” she says. “And I was really shocked.”

Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants staffers have similar feelings. They say they have had to tell refugee families that their relatives will probably not be able to join them as planned.

"We maintained hope, but we are very disheartened by the SCOTUS decision," says the institute's Jessica Suarez, using an acronym for the Supreme Court. "It will affect two of our families directly, and it's disappointing."

The restrictions are different for each of the seven countries. Some refugee relatives could be permitted to enter the U.S., but the rules would be strict.

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