America’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization is pushing back against President Trump’s travel ban. They say the policy is keeping a mother in Yemen from seeing her dying 2-year-old son in California. Chris Martinez has the latest from Los Angeles.
Ali Hassan fought back tears as he pleaded with the State Department to let his wife into the U-S:
“Time is running out,” said Hassan. “Please help us to get my family together again.”
Ali, a U.S. citizen who lives in Stockton, brought his son, Abdullah, also a U.S. citizen, from Cairo to California three months ago, seeking treatment for his child’s brain condition.
He says President’s Trump’s travel ban is keeping his wife, a Yemeni national, who currently lives in Egypt from being by their side.
“My son Abdullah needs his mother,” said Hassan. “My wife’s calling me every day, wanting to kiss and hold her son.”
The latest version of the policy applies to travelers from mostly Muslim majority nations, including Yemen.
“This Administration is doing everything in its power to undermine immigrants’ rights,” said Saad Sweilem, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
The Council on American-Islamic Relations has filed a request with the State Department to speed up the Hassan family’s request for a visa.
“We should not be forcing our own American children to die without a mother’s comfort and love,” said Sweilem.
Abdullah has been on life support at a children’s hospital in Oakland for the past month and his condition is not expected to improve.
The U.S. State Department is currently processing the Hassan family’s request for a waiver. CAIR is also pushing an online campaign to get people to urge their representatives to take action before time runs out.