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N.H. Reacts to SCOTUS Ruling Upholding Trump’s Travel Ban

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The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld President Trump's travel ban affecting Muslim-majority countries, including Syria, Iran, Yemen, Libya and Somalia.


The International Institute of New England, one of two agencies that resettles refugees in New Hampshire, says it's "profoundly disappointed" by the ruling.


"It's a slap in the face to refugees who are in camps around the world hoping to get resettled somewhere," says Jeff Thielman, CEO of IINE, which has offices in Manchester.


"We have a man who works for us who's from Somalia," Thielman added. "And he's not going to be able to bring his mother and siblings -- who are refugees from Somalia who have been displaced and living in Uganda -- here."


Over the past decade, the Institute -- which offers services in Massachusetts and New Hampshire -- says it's resettled 620 people from countries affected by the travel ban.


Senator Jeanne Shaheen also issued a statement Tuesday afternoon saying the ruling "allows a policy that is antithetical to American values."

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