Canadian Muslims face anxiety, uncertainty about crossing U.S. border

Canadian Muslims face anxiety, uncertainty about crossing U.S. border


Muslims living in Canada often fear discrimination crossing the border into the U.S. — and some say that fear has increased under the administration of PresidentDonald Trump.

This week, the country’s Supreme Court ruled that Trump’s travel ban, which applies to predominantly Muslim-majority countries, wasn’t discriminatory.

The current version of the ban, announced in September 2017, prohibits most people from seven countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela — from entering the U.S.

While the ban doesn’t apply directly to those living in Canada, it has stoked fears for some Muslim Canadians that they’ll face discrimination at the border.

Fatima Abrar, who lives and works in Toronto, crosses the border regularly to visit family in Chicago. She told Global News she’s almost never had a problem with border agents.

That doesn’t allay her concern.

“Every time I go I’m just holding my breath, because I’m not sure how this one’s going to go,” she said.
“I’ve heard really strange stories and people having really bad experiences. It really freaks you out.”

With the travel ban in place, Abrar is uncertain of how things will change — if at all.

Full article: Global News