Vox pop: Bay Ridgites on Trump’s travel ban

Jabr Albihani, Bay Ridge, Yemeni-American

“My mom was working on green card applications for my grandma and uncle — they were coming to stay for good. And the day they announced the ban, I came home and she was real quiet, sitting with her head down. I’ve never seen my mom that upset. My sisters were screaming, everyone was really upset I was just trying to calm everyone down. And I just felt so heart broken.”

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Brooklynites took to the streets last weekend over President Trump’s ban on citizens of Yemen and six other Muslim-majority countries entering the U.S. So we took to the streets of Bay Ridge — home to the borough’s largest Yemeni community — to find out what people there think. More opinions appear on page 10.

—Caroline Spivack

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Saeed Farsakhm, Bay Ridge, Palestinian and Puerto Rican-American

“I’m one of those people who regrets voting for Trump. I voted for him because he’s a business man and I think he has what it takes to fix this country and get us out of debt, but I figured some of the things he said was all talk. I didn’t think he was actually going to ban Muslims and try and build a wall, because those are so larger-than-life and I figured he was just saying it for the attention. But it’s really happening. And I’m not for it, I just think that no one should be barred from coming to this country to make a better life for themselves. That’s what this country is founded on.”

Zeyad Algabyali, Bay Ridge, Yemni-American

“I was confused when I heard the news. Everyone said Trump’s Muslim ban wasn’t possible, but then he basically did it. And it’s just so disappointing because Muslim does not mean terrorist. You can’t judge an entire religion based on some bad people. My mom was raised in Yemen and she came here when she married to my dad. Anyone is supposed to be able to come here and make a life for themselves, but now I’m not so sure.”

Akrm Boktor, Bensonhurst, Egyptian-American

“I was very upset when I saw that Trump banned people from all those countries, for the people and their families. I am from Egypt and I am not Muslim, but when people see me I can see that I make them nervous. They see a man from the Middle East and they think bad things. It’s very upsetting. Most of my family is in Egypt. Maybe my country will be added to the list, who knows.”

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Rufus Leaking from BH says:
90 Days. Not forever.

If you have to be vetted to buy a firearm. why not be vetted for immigration?
Feb. 1, 2017, 7:39 am
Annie Moore from Ellis Island says:
Saeed Farsakhm: " I just think that no one should be barred from coming to this country to make a better life for themselves." So he thinks the United States has no right to determine who or how many people come into the country? Maybe he should read up on Castle Garden and Ellis Island.
Feb. 1, 2017, 7:49 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
Goodbye folks. Nice knowing ya!! President Trump you are doing a great job!! Love it
Feb. 1, 2017, 8:22 am
Bob from Park sope says:
Muslim countries ban Israelis from entering so what's the problem when Muslims are banned entering the America?
Feb. 1, 2017, 9:14 am
Frank from Bay Ridge says:
Ditto John!
Feb. 1, 2017, 9:39 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
5th Ave has not been same since 2001. They are not smart. They just cover themselves and make tons of babies while milking off on taxpayers money. They are lazy and don't work. We all have to make sure Linda Sarsour does not replace Vincent Gentile. We don't want her!
Feb. 1, 2017, 12:35 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Thank you for sharing these stories/profiles of our neighbors. It's really sad to see the pathetic comments posted above.
Feb. 1, 2017, 1:32 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
Not a problem. Honesty is the best policy and I will not pretend or hide from it.

And they are not my neighbors. They are pests
Feb. 1, 2017, 2:49 pm
Joe K. from Bay Ridge says:
I LOVE the guy who has all the free time in the world to post endless comments on the internet calling someone else out for being lazy and not working. Adorable.
Feb. 1, 2017, 3:40 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
Anytime Joek
Feb. 1, 2017, 3:55 pm
Annie Moore from Ellis Island says:
Are multitudes of women in black tents with veiled faces walking around pps? If not, they are not your neighbors Tyler. Why do you support the oppression of women?
Feb. 1, 2017, 3:58 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
Anywaysssssssssssssssss!!! Trump is doing a great job!! Promises are promises unlike previous corrupt presidents
Feb. 1, 2017, 4:10 pm
Joe K. from Bay Ridge says:
Hi All
I pretended to be John from Bay Ridge
Feb. 1, 2017, 4:31 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Hi Annie --
My neighborhood is primarily immigrants from Bangladesh and Pakistan. So, full burkas are not common.

(I'm going to pretend you asked a real question and not just posturing like the xenophobic bigot you are... does that work for you?)
Feb. 1, 2017, 5:05 pm
Annie Moore from Ellis Island says:
Why do you support the oppression of women?
Feb. 1, 2017, 5:09 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Nice deflection, Annie. You're adorable.
Feb. 1, 2017, 5:15 pm
Annie Moore from Ellis Island says:
Thank you.
Feb. 1, 2017, 5:18 pm
Annie Moore from Ellis Island says:
Now here's you on the plastic bag story: "Get bent, you dimwitted townie." You are a bigot.
Feb. 1, 2017, 5:19 pm
Lucien from Bay Ridge says:
President Trump you are doing a great job!! We need another wave of the crusaders from times of old. Knights Templar time.
Feb. 1, 2017, 6:03 pm
Boris from Borough Park says:
Criticism of Islam is forbidden. Islam has attained the coveted status of "victim". Linda Sarsour told us so. Anyone who criticizes the teachings of the Fuhrer--Mohammed-- or his followers must be silenced.
Feb. 1, 2017, 7:56 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Nice, Annie. Taking my comment out of context... and "Not Goish" was most definitely being a dimwitted townie. Here's how that played out:

Not Goish from Prospect Heights says:
Maybe the misguided out-of-towner Lander ought to put down his social justice bull ---, I mean bullhorn for one minute and take a look. Park Slope is a pig sty, especially 7th Avenue where there is no Business Improvement District because the greedy landlords and NY Presby Methodist are cheap.

Tyler from pps says:
Brad Lander has lived in Park Slope for like 20 years.... out-of-towner... jeesh. Get bent, you dimwitted townie.
Feb. 2, 2017, 11:34 am
Annie Moore from Ellis Island says:
I took it out of context because the system wouldn't let me paste the whole thing in. And it is still your bigoted opinion.
Feb. 2, 2017, 11:38 am
Samir Kabir from downtown says:
Boris is a moron.
Feb. 2, 2017, 12:21 pm
Jessica from NYC says:
Thank you Mr Trump for keeping America safe. I don't care I feel your Muslim or whatever , if you immigrate from a Muslim violent country you better be prepared to be vetted and cleared that your safe for America , if you disagree with this policy then don't come to America
Feb. 2, 2017, 1:29 pm
Boris from Borough Park says:

You exhibit the intolerance of the Islamic mind. Is it any wonder that Muslim majority countries are so violent, oppressive and backward? Is that a judgement of history, or a judgment imposed from another source, perhaps from God himself?
Feb. 2, 2017, 7:46 pm

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