Ayoub Ouederni is the president of the UNC Muslim Students Association. Staff Writer Preston Lennon spoke with him about what UNC MSA is doing in light of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.
The Daily Tar Heel: How are you and the UNC MSA reacting to President Trump’s executive order that restricts immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries?
Ayoub Ouederni: So a lot of our MSA members are angered or hurt. And beyond all that, they’re directly affected. We have members, fellow Tar Heels just like me and you, that now cannot go overseas ... It’s separating families. You know, we see it on TV and we know that it doesn’t happen to us — it seems so far away. But then you see it happen to your friends or classmates who can’t go abroad or their mom is overseas who can’t come back — they can’t see their mom for 90 or 120 days or whatever the order said, because she happened to be visiting family when this executive order was signed. That personally affected a lot of our members.
DTH: What kind of support is your organization offering to those affected by the policy, and to the Muslim community as a whole?
AO: So our organization specifically is encouraging any person who has been affected to personally reach out to us and we’ll put them in touch with the relevant University and government officials to figure out the best course of action if they need help or counseling, or a way to figure out their path forward. We connect them with all those.