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Syrian refugees in the U.S. distraught over Trump ban

Thursday, February 02, 2017 - 01:31

Syrian refugees in the United States fear they may never be reunited with their families following U.S. President Donald Trump's ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Syrian refugees in the state of Michigan are facing uncertainty in the wake of the President Trump executive order that bars indefinitely Syrian refugees from entry into the United States. Maysa and Noor, mother and daughter, arrived in the Michigan area some 75 days ago after they fled Aleppo, along with their family, leaving behind their oldest sister who they had to leave behind in Turkey. Noor dreams of being a medical doctor, she says. Now that she is in the United States and despite the pain, she is hopeful that she can fulfill her dream. Trump's executive order last Friday (January 27) put a 120-day halt on the U.S. refugee program, barred Syrian refugees indefinitely and imposed a 90-day suspension on people from seven predominantly Muslim countries - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The move, which his administration says is aimed at protecting the United States from terrorist attacks, has been condemned by many countries and has sparked protests and court challenges in the United States.

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Syrian refugees in the U.S. distraught over Trump ban

Thursday, February 02, 2017 - 01:31