Local Reaction to Immigration Ban

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EAST STROUDSBURG -- As the protests over President Trump's immigration ban take over airports and cities around the country, one Muslim American has been watching from the Poconos.

Even though she's not a refugee, Sarah Khan of East Stroudsburg was shocked and disappointed ever since the executive order went into effect.

"The thought of me going and coming back and someone says, 'You have ties to this country that we see as dangerous,' and potentially being stopped at the airport, it would be surreal. It would be a nightmare," said Khan.

Khan works with the grassroots organization Paper Airplanes.

Its goal is to help refugees from Syria and other countries learn American culture and the English language.

"The ban was the nail in the coffin. I don't want to use such negative metaphors, but I definitely feel more targeted," said Khan.

Newswatch 16 spoke with Monsignor Thomas Muldowney who helps run the Diocese of Scranton. He says it's the Catholic Church's duty to help take care of refugees.

"Our premise is we treat everyone with respect and that we do what we can to help each and every person that we encounter," Monsignor Muldowney said.

As for Sarah Khan, she understands there is a lot of political and legal work to do if she and others want to reverse the ban.

"Never to lose hope because whenever someone speaks about hatred, there has to be at least 10 other voices that cancel that out and say you are the minority, we are not the minority," Khan said.

The Islamic Center of Scranton released a statement to Newswatch 16, saying, "Dividing families and victimizing or isolating Muslims will be counterproductive."


  • Real American

    We lock our doors at night on our homes when we can’t “vet” those wanting to enter properly not because we hate the people outside, but because we love the people inside.

  • CeeMe

    The ban is nothing like what this woman is stating. Americans have a right to be safe and we’re under no obligation to accept anyone in here who isn’t a citizen. When people come to America, they are supposed to become Americans. If you still identify with your Syrian roots so much and feel targeted because of hysterical thinking and stupid actions of others, maybe you should go back to Syria.

  • WNEPFakeNews

    Very disappointed to see WNEP news label this TEMPORARY ban from countries identified by the Obama administration as terrorist strongholds/training as a “Muslim Ban”.

  • WarningFakeNews

    Just ask yourself:

    Isn’t it possible that if WNEP wanted to they might just find ONE or TWO people in the area thankful that the temporary travel ban from terrorist hotbeds is in place? There seems to be a bunch in the comment sections. I mean, for balance sakes? Or did they just prefer to be unbalanced?

    • True dat

      You would think, right? Especially since I seen several reports that the majority of Americans support this ban.

      Obama bombed 5 of those 7 countries..where was the outrage for that. Oh , thats right cuz they were on Obamas team ..hypocrites

  • WarningFakeNews

    Trump reminds us of one fact about the media we’ve already come to grips with:
    “These are dishonest people.”
    We knew it already, based on their past behavior, but this one case of a LOCAL station putting up 10 stories to try and cram their “narrative” down our throats exposes them for who they are and underscores Trump’s point.

    • its moot

      Thats why I add these pages showing all comments to several archive sites..I then go back a few days later to the pages and screenshot showing most or all comments removed. A friend is going to post it all on his website once its finished ,,to show what media does. So removing the comments is moot.

  • Breaking Newz

    The more the media crap on Trump, the more I like this Guy..

    Breaking : King of Saudi agreed with Trump in a recent phone call today for a request to support safe zones for Refugees in Syria and Yemen..

  • hocuspocus13

    Obama did this very same thing in 2011

    Obama banned all people from Iraq from coming into the US for 6 months

    What’s the difference?

    Anyone from Iraq like to take the question 😉

  • WarningFakeNews

    Someone should really think about having a talking to the weekend staff, this is NOT helping them sway anyone’s opinion and it’s making the station look nuts.

  • Seriously

    Quit calling it a “Muslim Ban ”
    We also aren’t obligated to help them. Especially when Saudi has an empty tent city with air conditioning to house 3 million refugees.

    The only reason Places like catholic charities want to help is so they can get Federal Funding and tax breaks…if they didnt get that, do you really think they would help out their own goodwill ? I dont think so

  • nojustice_nopeace

    Nidal Hasan
    Days after the shooting, reports in the media revealed that a Joint Terrorism Task Force had been aware of a series of e-mails between Hasan and the Yemen-based imam Anwar al-Awlaki, who had been monitored by the NSA as a security threat, and that Hasan’s colleagues had been aware of his increasing radicalization for several years. The failure to prevent the shootings led the Defense Department and the FBI to commission investigations, and Congress to hold hearings.
    Omar Mateen
    pledged allegiance to ISIS gunned down 49 people early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the nation’s worst terror attack since 9/11, authorities said.
    Chechen-American brothers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev
    On April 15, 2013, two homemade bombs detonated 12 seconds and 210 yards (190 m) apart at 2:49 p.m., near the finish line of the annual Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring several hundred others, including 16 who lost limbs.
    If it were about a muslim ban, these guys wouldn’t have been allowed to be here..
    the list Trump is working with is a PREEXISTING LIST

  • Jacksincharge

    Hey Ms. Khan, As the son of a WWII veteran, I am shocked and disappointed in the entitlement attitude that the world has about the US. We have been a dumping ground for anyone with a plane ticket, that’s legally admitted or otherwise and its cost us plenty. Its time we take a look at our own financial situation at $20Trillion in debt and start making more rational decisions about who we can bring in, support and help assimilate.

    • CeeMe

      So true Jack. Sick of these entitled jerks. Are foreigners all deaf, dumb, blind and stupid, that they can’t do anything for themselves in their countries? It’s all an excuse, that Americans pay for.

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