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The mother of the 2-year-old who is on life support in Oakland was granted a waiver to come to the U.S. to see her son, officials working with the family tell ABC10.
According to Basim Elkarra, the director of the Sacramento Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Shaima Swileh was granted a waiver late Monday and is expected to land in the U.S. in the next 24 hours.
Swileh, a Yemen citizen, was previously denied entry because of President Trump's travel ban, which prohibits travel from five Muslim-majority countries, Venezuela and North Korea.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The mother of a 2-year-old boy on life support is stuck in Egypt because of President Trump’s travel ban.
Ali Hassan, a Stockton resident, brought his son Abdullah to Northern California for medical treatment two months ago. Abdullah is at University of California, San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland due to a genetic brain condition that has continued to worsen.
Due to the Trump Administration’s travel ban, which limits travel from five Muslim-majority countries, Venezuela and North Korea, Shaima Swileh, cannot enter the U.S.
“My wife was denied to enter the U.S. to see her son," Ali Hassan said. "So I am here today for your support. Help bring our family together one last time."
While Hassan and Abdullah are both U.S. citizens, Shaima is a Yemeni national—one of the seven country's on the president's travel ban.
Basim Elkara, the director of the Sacramento Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said the organization is putting its effort toward asking the Trump Administration to allow the mother access to see her son "one last time and to allow her to mourn with dignity."
“Now we see the Muslim bans effect in the most dehumanizing way,” Elkarra said.
Saad Sweilem, the family's civil rights attorney, said court documents were filed asking the State Department to expedite Swileh’s waiver request so she can say goodbye to her son.
“Time is running out," Hassan said of his son's condition. "Please help us get my family together again."
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