Local refugees worried about President Trump’s immigration ban

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TOLEDO (WTVG) - President Donald Trump’s executive order is striking a nerve with local refugees and groups that help resettle them.

Those we talked with are very disappointed in this immigration ban from seven countries.

President Trump is quoted as saying "We want to ensure we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas."

But locals say this is only creating a bigger divide.

"They're scared. They've already been through the ringer so they're very scared about this,” said Shane Lakatos, the Outreach Directors for Social Services for Arab Community (also known as SSFAC).

SSFAC helps settle refugees and helps them become self-sufficient. Lakatos says their clients are calling, worried about their families and their future here in America.

"I think that beyond the politics of this, this is about human beings. We need to stop looking at each other as labels and start looking at each other as human beings," said Lakatos.

"What about the people that are en route already? What about people who have been vetted for two or three years and are now having an opportunity to come to the U.S. and how do we respond to them? And again that pathway hasn't been laid forward," stated Jamie Rye, a board member of SSFAC, who is also an area Pastor.

We talked with one Syrian refugee who is shocked by the president's immigration ban. With the help of a translator, he stated: “he's sad for every refugee not just himself. Coming from a place where you don't have any rights, to a place we have rights, then a feeling that you don't have rights again; it's very difficult, very hard."

Another refugee agreed that all refugees need help, regardless of their religion.

"I love all the people here because they help me," said Nashwan Saadoon, a Christian Iraqi refugee who escaped ISIS persecution. Saadoon has been in Toledo for one year. "I work in the church and my wife here, in the Muna Market, she works."

We talked with everyone, inside Muna Market on Monroe Street. The owner says he's hired four refugees so far, Christian and Muslim.

"For about 6 or 7 months, I had a sign at the door that we're looking for help. Nobody wanted to work here so these people came, they wanted to work, so we hired them. We’re glad they're here,” stated Joe Saadeh, Owner of Muna Market.