Among many individuals and families unable to enter the U.S last week were the wife and daughter of Abdusebur Jemal, a 33-year-old medical student living in Rockford. Jemal’s wife, Haifa Abdulwahab Hussein Mohammed, a citizen of Yemen who was entering the U.S on a IR-1 immigrant visa, and their daughter were traveling to Chicago when President Trump’s Executive Order interrupted their plans. “They went to the airport and they just told them they could not fly,” Jemal told the Chicago Tribune. “I said, ‘This is not happening to me,’” he added. Haifa’s visa had been granted two years ago.
As soon as HSPRD’s Kalman Resnick became aware of the Seattle federal judge’s order to temporarily suspend the travel ban, he immediately contacted Jemal. “When I called him, I said ‘buy the ticket right now, I think she can come, don’t think twice because these planes are going to start filling up,” Mr. Resnick told CBS.
With the guidance of Mr. Resnick and the federal judge’s order to temporarily suspend Trump’s travel ban, Abdusebur Jemal, his wife Haifa, and three-year-old daughter Rudaynah were happily reunited on Sunday morning at O’Hare Airport. Jemal expressed to the Washington Post, his gratitude with the federal judge’s ruling. “All I wanted was to see my wife and daughter”, he said: “This is one of the greatest moments of my life. The ruling allowed me to see my wife. Finally, I have a chance to be a dad.” I always believed in the foundations that this country was built on”, he said. “This is a reaffirmation of that.”