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Iraqi family flies to New York after blow to Trump ban

Sunday, February 05, 2017 - 01:24

Iraqi family who were prevented from boarding a plane to the United States board a new flight to New York's JFK airport after a Seattle judge blocks Trumps' ban. Saskia O'Donoghue reports.

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Almost home... (SOUNDBITE) (English) IRAQI NATIONAL WITH U.S. IMMIGRATION VISA, FUAD SHAREF, SAYING: "Yeah, we are very excited. We are very happy. We are... Finally, we have been cleared. We are allowed to enter the United States." Iraqi Fuad Sharef and his family on their way back to America via Istanbul. They were barred from entering the United States last week after Donald Trump banned citizens from seven Muslim majority states from entering the country. A Seattle judge blocking that order means that those previously banned can enter America again. Sharef and his family were turned back to Iraq after attempting to board a connecting flight from Cairo to the United States last week. The Iraqi national worked on projects funded by U.S. organisations following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Iraq. The family applied for a visa in September 2014 when security conditions deteriorated as Islamic State took swathes of land and carried out mass killings. Sharef's work with the United States made him particularly vulnerable in the war-torn country, especially among militants who viewed him as a traitor. The travel ban, which Trump says is needed to protect the United States against Islamist militants, sparked travel chaos around the world and condemnation by rights groups who said it was racist and discriminatory. The new president says he will appeal its blocking, tweeting that the judge's decision was 'ridiculous and will be overturned'.

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Iraqi family flies to New York after blow to Trump ban

Sunday, February 05, 2017 - 01:24