LONG ISLAND CITY — When Darius Nemati heard then-Republican nominee Donald Trump discussing plans to ban Muslims from getting into the U.S., he thought it was only a ploy to garner votes from xenophobic supporters earlier than the election.
“I actually didn’t assume he can be that excessive in apply,” Nemati, a Persian rug vendor whose father immigrated to New York from Iran within the Nineteen Sixties, stated Monday.
However when Trump signed an government order Friday night time barring residents of seven Muslim-majority nations from getting into the U.S. for the subsequent three months, his largest concern was that the message can be misplaced in translation abroad.
“The governments in these nations take what’s stated right here and blow it up much more,” Nemati stated. “The American authorities makes a press release saying, ‘We’re going to scrutinize visas extra,’ and the press in Iran begins saying, ‘Iranians are in peril within the U.S. and it’s a harmful place to go for Muslims.’ Then (immigrants) get calls from individuals again house saying, ‘Come again, come again! It’s not protected for you there!’”
On Saturday night time, a Brooklyn decide issued a ruling briefly blocking the deportation of individuals with legitimate refugee purposes and different correct visas, however over the weekend, dozens of vacationers have been being detained at JFK airport.
Nonetheless, Nemati stated, the confusion and misinformation that shortly spreads victimizes much less-educated individuals.
“There’s a lot panic happening, however a number of it’s useless,” he stated. “It’s slightly little bit of loopy politics as regular.”
Nemati stated the chief order was nothing however a petty political ploy aimed on the improper group.
“I feel that is all about grand standing with no regard to precise human beings caught within the center,” Namati stated. “In the event that they actually needed to focus on nations that export terrorists, why are Saudi Arabia and Pakistan not on the record?”