U.S. Muslims in the United States are celebrating the lifting of President Biden’s first travel ban on former President Trump, aimed at several Muslim-majority countries.
The big picture: The repeal of what many critics have called a “Muslim ban” renews the hopes of thousands of families separated by Trump.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, Mina Mahdavi, a Campbell-based cybersecurity engineer, has renewed hope that her mother, who lives in Iran, can spend time with her grandson, who was born months after Trump signed the ban, ABC7 reported.
- Mahdavi wanted her mother to visit with a tourist visa, but the visa was denied.
In New York, Neshwan Mozeb, a Quebec bodega worker, hopes to see his wife in war-torn Yemen. He has been trying to bring her to the United States since 201
- “I pray to God every day that we get together because it’s too difficult,” Mozeb told The City, hoping his wife’s visa application would be approved quickly.
In Chicago, Jihad Al-Nabi, a Syrian refugee who works as a pastry chef, hopes to be able to reunite with his family, he told ABC7 Chicago.
In Los Angeles, Mania Darbani called his mother, who is in Iran, on the night of Biden’s inauguration, as they remembered his promise to lift the ban, Reuters reports.
- “That means I can get to you very soon,” Darbani’s mother told her.
But, but, but: The coronavirus pandemic may prevent some families from reuniting, as there are travel and visa restrictions.
- In addition, there are a huge number of visa and denial cases that need to be resolved.