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Once banned by Trump, Yemeni will be mom in the United States to see dying children

Breaking News Emails Get deleted news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered everyday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Dec. 20, 2018 / 7:14 AM GMT By Dennis Romero A Yemeni woman forbidden to enter the United States during President Trump's travel ban arrived in San Francisco on Wednesday night to see her dying 2 year old son , which was treated at a hospital in the Bay Area. Shaima Swileh was bullied of need and pressed at San Francisco International Airport, but she was not talking. The woman, who has tried to enter the country for more than a year, says her supporter, was granted a visa exemption Tuesday by the US State Department after intensive media attention. Her son, Abdullah Hassan, suffering from a genetic brain condition, was taken to the United States for treatment of Swileh's husband and father's father Ali Hassan 22, an American citizen living with family in Stockton, California. Hassan raised the audience on Wednesday night and thanked "people everywhere the world for their support." "This is a hard time for our family," he said. "But we are blessed to be together." Swileh is a Yemeni citizen who now lives in Cairo, Egypt, after fleeing from his country's domestic war. Officials with the Sacramento chapter of the American Islamic Relations Council said they had filed a trial against the Trump Administration to apply for a visa for the woman. They said without this very public battle it is unlikely that Swileh would have…

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By Dennis Romero

A Yemeni woman forbidden to enter the United States during President Trump’s travel ban arrived in San Francisco on Wednesday night to see her dying 2 year old son , which was treated at a hospital in the Bay Area.

Shaima Swileh was bullied of need and pressed at San Francisco International Airport, but she was not talking. The woman, who has tried to enter the country for more than a year, says her supporter, was granted a visa exemption Tuesday by the US State Department after intensive media attention.

Her son, Abdullah Hassan, suffering from a genetic brain condition, was taken to the United States for treatment of Swileh’s husband and father’s father Ali Hassan 22, an American citizen living with family in Stockton, California.

Hassan raised the audience on Wednesday night and thanked “people everywhere the world for their support.”

“This is a hard time for our family,” he said. “But we are blessed to be together.”

Swileh is a Yemeni citizen who now lives in Cairo, Egypt, after fleeing from his country’s domestic war.

Officials with the Sacramento chapter of the American Islamic Relations Council said they had filed a trial against the Trump Administration to apply for a visa for the woman.

They said without this very public battle it is unlikely that Swileh would have been able to see his boy.

Abdullah Hassan, 2-year-old at UCSF’s Benioff Chidren Hospital, Oakland. Courtesy Ali Hassan

“Tonight is bitterly cute,” said Basim Elkarra, CAIR’s President of Sacramento, to reporters. “It did not have to come to this.”

Despite 28 e-mail to government officials, he said that the family only received “automatic answers” on requests for Swileh to see her son last time.

Trump’s travel ban applies to seven nations, five of which are predominantly Muslims: Libya, Iran, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. The others are North Korea and Venezuela.

Earlier this week, Elkarra said he was aware that Hassan “kills his dying child’s hand” at UCSF Benioff’s Children‘s Hospital in Oakland, California, was “one of the most heart I’ve seen.” “

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