Rep. Kaptur says travel ban is causing anguish in her district

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - The travel ban is in effect and controversy is still stirring. The order denies travel visas to people from six mostly-Muslim countries, unless a he or she has close ties to the United States. The Supreme Court recently allowed the ban to go into effect before it hears challenges later this year. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) says she thinks President Trump may have had good intentions, but they are not being seen.

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) says while President Trump may have had good intentions with the travel ban, he has mishandled the implementation.

“The president really mishandled this,” said Kaptur.

The ban allows the U.S. to deny travel visas to people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Kaptur says she wants to keep Americans safe, but feels this ban has caused anguish in her district.

“In the greater Toledo area, we have families from all over the world and in implementing the travel ban in the way that he did, he really split families. That creates tears, agony,” said Kaptur.

In a change to the original ban, the Supreme Court says that grandparents, grandchildren, in-laws, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and cousins with ties to someone in the U.S. will be allowed in.

“We have to respect families. We have to respect law-abiding citizens. We shouldn’t be making them suffer for the few that seek to do harm,” said Kaptur.

The White House is praising the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the ban to take effect. Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to the president, says they’re simply upholding the law of the land.

“There is one government official who has outright authority to decide who comes into America and that person is the president. Right now, that is Donald Trump,” said Gorka.

He says the ban is necessary because terrorist groups like ISIS use refugee waves to penetrate into western society and carry out attacks.

“We are not going to let that happen to Americans in America,” said Gorka.

The Supreme Court will hear challenges to the ban in October.