Ali Hassan and his 2-year-old son Abdullah.

Council on American Islamic Relations, Sacramento Valley

Travel Ban Prevents Mother From Seeing Her Dying 2-Year-Old In Oakland

Matt Bigler
December 17, 2018 - 10:27 am

The Trump administration's travel ban on citizens from five majority Muslim countries is preventing a Yemeni mother from seeing her 2-year-old son who is dying from a rare brain disease in an Oakland hospital, the boy's family said.

Abdullah Hassan, who was born in Yemen, is on life support at UCSF-Benioff Children's Hospital where doctors have warned that he may soon succumb to the disorder that caused frequent seizures.

Council on American Islamic Relations, Sacramento Valley

Abdullah was brought to the U.S. a few months ago by his father Ali Hassan, 22, an American citizen in Stockton. 

"It's horrible to be honest," said Ali Hassan. "I can't imagine how I'm going through it and my wife is going through it."

But Shaima Swileh, Abdullah's mother, cannot visit him because she too is a citizen of Yemen. The ban instituted by President Trump forbids nationals from Yemen, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Sudan from entering the country. 

Swileh, who's currently living in Cairo, has applied for a waiver from the State Department, but received no response, according to the Council on American Islamic Relations, Sacramento Valley chapter. 

"She started crying and crying every single day," said Ali Hassan to KPIX-5. "She wants to be next to her son."

The Sacramento Valley chapter of CAIR will publicly call on the State Department to allow Swileh into the country at a press conference on Monday.