The actual-life penalties of President Donald Trump’s executive order on Friday banning Syrian refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim nations turned apparent inside hours of his signing it.

A variety of primarily Muslim immigrants realized that their hopes of discovering security in the USA or reuniting with household right here have been instantly in severe jeopardy ― if not dashed totally. Syrian households authorised for resettlement within the U.S. have been caught in limbo on the final minute. Iraqis who risked their lives decoding for the U.S. navy in the course of the struggle have been detained upon their arrival in American airports. And longtime American residents have been confronted with indefinite separation from members of the family.

The Trump administration additionally made clear that the 500,000 American inexperienced card holders from these nations ― Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen ― could be authorised for re-entry solely on a case-by-case foundation. If they’re at present within the U.S., these inexperienced card holders might be required to seek the advice of with the federal government earlier than touring outdoors the nation.

Listed below are just some of those individuals’s tales.

Hamid Khalid Darweesh and Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi

Hamid Khalid Darweesh, a former Iraqi interpreter for the U.S. Military, and Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, an Iraqi refugee, have been detained upon arrival at New York’s John F. Kennedy Worldwide Airport on Friday night time.

Darweesh, who was launched Saturday afternoon, stated at a press convention that he had endured hours of questioning throughout his in a single day detention.

However he nonetheless emphasised his pleasure at arriving within the U.S., which he referred to as the “best nation on this planet.”

Earlier on Saturday, Mark Doss, an lawyer with the Worldwide Refugee Help Challenge who’s representing Darweesh and Alshawi, informed CNN that he had been unable to speak together with his purchasers throughout their detention.

Alshawi was coming to reunite together with his spouse, a former U.S. authorities contractor, and his kids, who already reside in the USA. He stays in detention together with 10 different immigrants being held on the airport, based on Murad Adawdeh of the New York Metropolis Immigration Coalition. 

“They’re treating them like they haven’t any rights,” Adawdeh stated.

Whereas Afghanistan is just not on the checklist of proscribed nations, an Afghan interpreter was detained at San Francisco Worldwide Airport on Friday whereas his spouse and kids have been allowed by means of, based on Matt Zeller, founding father of No One Left Behind, a nonprofit that helps Afghan and Iraqi fight interpreters resettle safely in the USA.

Azaz Elshami

Azaz Elshami, a Sudanese citizen in her mid-30s, has been a everlasting U.S. resident since 2012, when she was picked in a State Division lottery. Previous to that, she labored on the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia, the place she had an American safety clearance.

Elshami, who now earns a residing as a nonviolent-communication guide, was on trip visiting mates in Ethiopia when Trump issued his government order barring immigration from Sudan.

Though she is a inexperienced card holder, Elshami is just not keen to take her probabilities at an American airport with no lawyer’s assist. She worries that if the USA turns her away, she is going to finally be despatched again to Sudan, the place her work advocating for human rights would put her life in peril. 

“That is the irony: I don’t approve of my nation’s authorities. I’ve not visited Sudan since 1997. And but I’m residing with the results of this authorities,” she informed The Huffington Publish.

Elshami’s Ethiopian vacationer visa will quickly run out, at which level her choices will dwindle. She plans to go to a rustic that accepts Sudanese residents with no visa and start the method there of securing U.S. approval for her re-entry. In the meantime, her getting old mom, who lately survived a coronary heart assault and depends on Elshami’s help, resides in the USA. 

“This isn’t the America that I do know. I’ll refuse to carry this because the picture of the America that I do know,” she stated. 

Meathaq and Mahmoud 

Meathaq, 45, and Mahmoud, 49, of Baghdad simply arrived in Knoxville, Tennessee, in August with their 5-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter. However they’ve twin 18-year-old daughters nonetheless residing in Iraq.

Because of Mahmoud’s work as a translator for the U.S. Military, they have been capable of get particular immigrant visas. The method for approving these visas took 4 years, starting after they first utilized in 2012. Within the interim interval, Iraq’s deteriorating safety state of affairs started to hazard them. Mahmoud was significantly wounded by a automobile bombing in 2014. 

By the point their visas have been authorised, their daughters have been over 18, which meant the U.S. authorities required extra processing earlier than it will green-light their admission. Now the twins are caught in Baghdad, and their mother and father concern the household won’t be able to reunite. (Meathaq and Mahmoud withheld their final names out of concern for his or her older daughters’ security.)

“I’m crying on a regular basis, particularly after the brand new regulation from President Trump,” Meathaq informed HuffPost. “I miss them and the state of affairs in Iraq is so unhealthy and I don’t know what to do to assist.”


Meathaq attends the Girls’s March on Washington on Jan. 21, 2017. She is determined to deliver her twin daughters, who’re nonetheless in Iraq, to the USA.

Mohammed Al Rawi

Mohammed Al Rawi, who risked his life working for the Los Angeles Times bureau in Baghdad, moved to Lengthy Seaside, California, in 2010. His father was leaving Qatar to fly to Los Angeles to go to him Friday night time when a U.S. official stopped the 69-year-old man and knowledgeable him that Trump had “canceled all visas,” Al Rawi wrote on Facebook.

U.S. officers then detained Al Rawi’s father in an unknown location and confiscated his passport, making it unattainable for Al Rawi to e book him a resort in Qatar to sleep for the night time, he wrote. His father’s cellphone died, so he has not been capable of get in contact.

Um Mohammed

Um Mohammed, a 30-year-old Syrian mom of two, has lived in New Jersey together with her husband and kids for the reason that summer season of 2015.

The household of refugees spent months working to get Mohammed’s mother and father and two siblings cleared for entry into the U.S. from Turkey. Their admission was lastly authorised and journey preparations have been booked, however the information proved too good to be true.

On Saturday, 4 days earlier than Mohammed’s members of the family have been because of arrive for the long-awaited reunification, they needed to cancel their flights on account of the Trump administration’s refugee ban. 

“It’s over for all of us,” Mohammed informed HuffPost later that day. 

Nashwan Abdullah

Nashwan Abdullah, 25, of Damascus, Syria, is on monitor to complete his grasp’s diploma in music efficiency at Indiana College of Pennsylvania in Might. Now that Trump has banned immigration from Syria, Abdullah is just not positive if he’ll be capable of keep. He had been hoping to use for a 12-month work visa accessible to overseas college students, however doesn’t know whether or not that is doable any longer.

Abdullah is certain, nonetheless, that he won’t return to Syria. He doesn’t need to be drafted into the Syrian navy or take care of the hazard and shortage of primary requirements within the Syrian capital. 

“After all I’m afraid to return. It’s a struggle zone. It’s an unsafe, unhealthy state of affairs,” he informed HuffPost.

There may be one glimmer of hope for Abdullah: He’s Catholic, so he’s not positive if the ban is “going to incorporate me or not.” 

Sahar Algonaimi

Border officers at Chicago O’Hare Worldwide Airport detained 60-year-old Syrian national Sahar Algonaimi for 5 hours on Saturday. Algonaimi had traveled to the U.S. from Saudi Arabia to go to her sick mom within the hospital. As an alternative, she was compelled to board a flight to the United Arab Emirates on her means again residence.

Algonaimi holds a U.S. visa and had deliberate to remain within the nation for per week.

Her sister, Nour Ulayyet, a U.S. citizen who now lives in India, pleaded with border officers to no avail to let Algonaimi see her mom.

“I wanted somebody to be with me right here,” Ulayyet tearfully informed HuffPost from the hospital. “How am I going to show my children and inform them that it is a free nation? How can we inform my children that we’ve got to care for one another?”

Elise Foley and Sebastian Murdock contributed reporting.

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