Local Muslim-Americans react to President’s executive order

Local Muslim-Americans react to President’s executive order

Spokane is home to many refugees and members of the Islamic faith.

KXLY spoke with two local Muslim-Americans, to get their take on the President’s executive order.

When Admir Rasic learned the news of President Trump’s executive order, he was disappointed.

“My family were refugees themselves, I was a refugee coming to the United States,” he said, “so I know what it is like to have a great hope to come to a country that’s going to accept you, give you opportunities, that’s going to give you a better life.”

Admir and his family came from Bosnia in 2000.

“I understand why it seems like a good policy to do that because there’s a lot of fear, fear of the unknown,” he said.

He says this policy targets the most vulnerable, and says most refugees like he and his family become productive members of the communities they move to.

“I’d say even if you agree with the policy, even if you are for this ban, I encourage you to go out and meet refugees that have resettled to the United States, so people like me.” he said.

Ayesha Malik is another Muslim-American living in Spokane.

“As soon as these executive orders were starting to come in, it was just no shock at all,” she said, “and my friends and colleagues who voted for Trump who were telling me, ‘give him a chance,’ they’re all silent today.”

Malik believes this executive order will have only negative consequences.

“It’s just playing into the hands of extremists who are telling people there that the United States is anti-Muslim.”

Malik says she’s not sure where to go from here.

“I feel slightly betrayed,” she explained, “because America was based on non-discrimination when it comes to religion and ethnicity and skin color. These past few months there’s so many signs showing me that we’re not exactly who we say we are and it’s very discouraging. But at the same time, I’m still hopeful because I believe in this country and I know at the end of the day, we’ll get things right.”