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Yemeni Mother Allowed to Meet Dying Son Despite Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’

Before the visa was granted, Hassan had been considering taking his son off life support to stop his suffering.

Before the visa was granted, Hassan had been considering taking his son off life support to stop his suffering.

Yemeni mother Shaima Swileh was allowed to see her dying son after fighting US immigration authorities for over a year to be allowed to enter the country.

The boy’s father, Ali Hassan, is a US citizen living in America. His son, Abdullah, is suffering from a genetic brain disorder and was brought to California for medical care and eventually put on life support.

Council on American-Islamic Relations

Hassan married Swileh in 2016 and had been trying to get her a visa so she could join him in America. But Swileh required a waiver, as citizens of Yemen and four other mostly Muslim countries are barred from entering the United States under Trump’s travel ban.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations sued the United States and after a legal battle that lasted over a year, Swileh was granted a visa.

Before the visa was granted, Hassan had been considering taking his son off life support to stop his suffering.

On his campaign trail, Donald Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States – until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on”.

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