OAKLAND, Calif. — The 2-year-old son of a Yemeni lady who sued the Trump administration to let her into the nation to be with the ailing boy has died, the Council on American-Islamic Relations introduced.
Abdullah Hassan died Friday in UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, the place his father Ali Hassan introduced him within the fall to get therapy for a genetic mind dysfunction.
Ali Hassan is a U.S. citizen who lives in Stockton, California. He and his spouse Shaima Swileh moved to Egypt after marrying in war-torn Yemen in 2016. Swileh just isn’t an American citizen and remained in Egypt whereas combating for a visa.
“We are heartbroken. We had to say goodbye to our baby, the light of our lives,” Ali Hassan was quoted as saying within the assertion printed by the council.
Swileh held her son for the primary time within the hospital 10 days in the past.
A funeral is scheduled for Saturday.
Swileh had been making an attempt to get a visa since 2017, so the household may transfer to the United States.
Citizens from Yemen and 4 different largely Muslim nations, together with North Korea and Venezuela, are restricted from coming to the United States beneath President Donald Trump’ s journey ban.
When the boy’s well being worsened, the daddy went forward to California in October to get their son assist, and Swileh remained in Egypt hoping for a visa. As the couple fought for a waiver, docs put Abdullah on life help.
“My wife is calling me every day wanting to kiss and hold her son for the one last time,” AliHassan stated, choking up at a information convention earlier this month.
He began dropping hope and was contemplating pulling his son off life help to finish his struggling. But then a hospital social employee reached out to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which sued on Dec. 16, stated Basim Elkarra, government director of the group in Sacramento.
The State Department granted Swileh a waiver the following day.
“With their courage, this family has inspired our nation to confront the realities of Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban,” stated Saad Sweilem, a lawyer with the council who represents the household. “In his short life, Abdullah has been a guiding light for all of us in the fight against xenophobia and family separation.”