EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon Senator Ron Wyden wrapped up his First Amendment Tour in Eugene, focusing the discussion on freedom of religion.
At the Wayne Morse Family Farm, close to 20 religious and immigrant leaders answered questions from the Democrat. Wyden focused the discussion on how they depend on America for the freedom to practice their religion and on their concerns about the Trump Administration's travel ban.
“What we've always said is that our country is always better, stronger and freer because we've been welcoming,” Wyden said. “Unless you're Native American, chances are you've got immigrant roots.”
Immigrant Ibrahim Hamide attended the forum. Originally from Palestine, he became a citizen more than 40 years ago. Hamide said it was the University of Oregon that brought him to the United States in the late '60s, and he's called Eugene home ever since.
Hamide told Wyden the biggest concern for many Muslims right now is President Trump's travel ban. He told the senator those with green cards are worried they won't be allowed back into the United States if they visit their home countries.
“And also for students thinking of coming to study in the United States,” Hamide said. “Especially here where they are worried that this would be a hostile and unwelcoming and unfriendly country for them.”
Wyden asked those in attendance to visit his office to help come up with joint projects to help the community.