WASHINGTON (AP) “They’re not going to be there,” said Darrin Johnson, a Chicago resident who is visiting his father in Germany this week.
“I’m not going anywhere.”
Johnson, a 33-year-old father of two, has been on a two-month stay in the country on business, his first stop in a month, to visit family.
He says he’s been a member of the church since 2009.
He’s not worried about getting caught up in the fallout of the nationwide travel ban, or about getting involved in protests or demonstrations that are being planned against the ban.
He has only visited Germany once before, in November 2014, when the ban was in place.
He says he has never felt afraid at a country’s airports.
He is not worried, though, about getting detained at airports.
“They don’t care,” he said.
“We’re the last ones to have the right to travel.”
He says the ban has only served to anger him and others in the religious community.
“It’s a huge, huge problem,” Johnson said.
“There are people who are very angry and angry, and they’re not afraid of getting arrested, but I’m not scared of getting deported,” he added.
Johnson says the restrictions were introduced by the Obama administration, which was trying to boost the country’s economy and promote tourism.
“It was an economic stimulus,” he says.
“So now people are going to think that’s the solution, to put in the brakes on all these things.”
He also says he thinks the ban is an example of government trying to take away religious freedom.
“I think it’s a big problem,” he continued.
“This is about making sure that people can go to the mosque.
It’s about making the schools in Chicago accessible.
It is about trying to keep our jobs.”
Johnson says he and others have been disappointed by Trump’s decision, but he doesn’t think he’ll stop traveling.
He said he plans to stay until the ban in effect ends.
“If there is no ban, then I’ll be going,” he told WBEZ-TV in Chicago.
“If there’s no ban in place, I’ll go to Europe.”
Johnson has not been to Germany since last November, but says he will be visiting soon.
He told the station he is going to see his family, as well as the people in Germany, to see how they’re feeling.
“The people are not going away,” he insisted.
“That’s the problem.”