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Iraqi family's dream to go to the U.S. is dashed

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 01:02

After President Trump's travel ban took effect, an Iraqi family of four was blocked from entering the U.S. and returned to Iraq. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) An Iraqi family of four said their dreams of emigrating to the United States were dashed after they were blocked from entering America, as new President Donald Trump's ban on Muslims in some countries takes effect. Fuad Suleman, his wife and two daughters aged 10 and 17, and a son aged 19, said they spent two years obtaining U.S visas and had packed up their lives ahead of moving to America, but said they were turned back to Iraq when they attempted to board a connecting flight to America from Cairo. Mr. Suleman, 52, compared Trump's executive order, which was signed on Friday (January 27) to suspend the entry of people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 90 days, to the politics of Saddam Hussein. "I believe it's a terrible error in the United States, a terrible error in the history of the United States. I don't know... I thought America is an institution and democracy. I see like... autocracy, someone signs and effective immediately, what does this mean? It is just like Saddam Hussein's decisions. Yeah, without going back to the congress, without going back... I don't understand," Faud Suleman said. Fuad said he has been employed by a pharmaceutical company before leaving Iraq, but had worked on projects funded by U.S. organizations such as USAID in the years following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Iraq. The family said it applied for a U.S. visa in September 2014 as security conditions in Iraq deteriorated, with Islamic State insurgents seizing swathes of the country and carrying out mass killings. Mr. Suleman's work with the United States made him particularly vulnerable to attack by militants who viewed him as a traitor. President Trump said barring travelers from the seven nations for at least 90 days would give his administration time to develop more stringent screening procedures for refugees, immigrants and visitors.

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Iraqi family's dream to go to the U.S. is dashed

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 01:02