Yemeni mother arrives in U.S. to see dying son

Yemeni mother arrives in U.S. to see dying son

Yemeni mother arrives in U.S. to see dying son

The family then traveled to the University of California San Francisco's Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland to be with their son.

"I am emailing them, crying, and telling them that my son is dying", Hassan said in an interview with The Sacramento Bee newspaper.

In an executive order that triggered chaos before court challenges and revisions, Mr Trump blocked new visas to almost all citizens of five Muslim-majority countries - Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen - as well as North Korea and some officials from Venezuela.

The State Department granted Swileh the waiver on Tuesday after lawyers with the Council on American-Islamic Relations sued this week, ending a year-long battle for the family.

"This will allow us to mourn with dignity", the boy's father had said in an earlier statement.

A mother from Yemen was granted her wish to see her dying toddler one last time in the US.

A Yemeni mother cradled her 2-year-old son in her lap, pressing her face close to his and clasping his hand as a series of tubes kept his small body alive.

She is now expected to travel to the children's hospital in the city where her son is currently on life support.

She last saw him on October 1 when her husband, Ali Hassan, 22, flew him to the United States for treatment for a genetic brain condition.

After a tearful televised plea from the boy's father prompted public outrage, the United States embassy in Cairo issued a visa for Ms Swileh, who has been living temporarily in Egypt.

Travel Ban Dying Son
Ali Hassan speaks after his wife Shaima Swileh arrived at San Francisco International Airport

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which is assisting the family, launched a campaign that it said prompted 15,000 e-mails to elected officials as well as thousands of tweets.

He started losing hope and was considering pulling his son off life support to end his suffering.

"The result of that failure, a dying two-year-old boy has suffered without his mother by his side for no apparent reason", said Swileh's legal counsel, Banan Al-Akhras.

The State Department said it could not comment in the media on individual cases.

"I think it put the travel ban into perspective in a really simple way that people can easily understand", he said. "We've got a lot of foreign service officers deployed all over the world that are making these decisions on a daily basis, and they are trying very hard to do the right thing at all times".

The U.S. State Department granted her a waiver to the ban, which she had applied for nearly a year ago.

The waiver provision allows a case-by-case exemption for people who can show entry to the U.S.is in the national interest, needed to prevent undue hardship and would not pose a security risk.

Jennifer Nimer, one of the family's attorneys, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the Council on American-Islamic Relations has filed a lawsuit in federal court. "And so many more families are separated".

Swileh did not speak to reporters this evening, but according to her counsel, the United States government will allow her to stay with her husband to begin a path toward U.S. citizenship.

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