The East Lansing Islamic community reacts to travel ban

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - "Mr. Trump's orders are xenophobic in nature," says Thasin Sardar, East Lansing Islamic Center's Outreach Coordinator.

President Trump has been in office for a week now and is already working on his mission to keep ISIS out of the country.

His recent ban prevents refugees from Lybia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan from coming into the United States and blocks visas from being issued.

This ban has reached Michigan affecting the Islamic community in East Lansing.

Zryan Hassan traveled all the way from his native country of Iraq to East Lansing, Michigan - a place he calls home.

He is a member of the Islamic Community Center and is starting a new life here as a refugee.

Hassan came to the United States for a better life; he wanted to study medicine.

He graduated from the EMT and Paramedic program at Lansing Community College and is currently working with EMS.

Hassan plans to start medical school in the fall, and is saddened by Trump's Executive order because he's afraid that if he leaves to visit his family back home, he may not be allowed to re-enter the country.

Even though President Trump's order was blocked in federal court Saturday, the fear still remains.

"We are fearful and anxious," says Sardar. "We don't really know where this is going to lead us down the line."