A Yemeni mother finally got the opportunity this week to carry her terminally ill son following the Trump administration’s travel ban kept her from the U.S. for months.
Shaima Swileh arrived Wednesday night to SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA AIRPORT TERMINAL after obtaining a visa waiver to go to her 2-year-old son, who’s on life support at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, California. Swileh was greeted by way of a crowd of supporters from the Bay Area Muslim community and beyond.
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It was her first possiblity to see her son, Abdullah, since he found the U.S. in October to be treated for a genetic brain condition. The kid isn’t longer likely to live much, but Swileh have been barred from the united states as a result of Trump administration’s travel ban, her husband, Ali Hassan, this week said earlier. The ban restricts travel from some Muslim-majority nations, including Yemen, Syria and iran.
The STATE DEPT. granted Swileh a waiver on Tuesday, allowing her to come quickly to the U.S. to see her child.
“It is a difficult time for the family but we have been blessed to be together,” Hassan, who’s American, told reporters at the airport on Wednesday. “You’re asked by me to respect our privacy once we head to be with this son again.”
The advocacy group Council on American-Islamic Relations, which includes been supporting the grouped family, released a photo thursday of Swileh holding Abdullah in a healthcare facility on.
“It will have come to the never. Shaima must have been separated from her son as his condition deteriorated never,” CAIR wrote Thursday on Twitter. “This shows the cruelty of the Muslim Ban. And many more families are separated.”