Yemeni mother of a toddler on life support in a US hospital and who was prevented from seeing her son due to 'Muslim ban' has been granted permission by the U.S. to enter the country.
Shaima Swilehwas barred from traveling to the country due to President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban.
Abdullah, who turned 2 years old last week, has a genetic brain condition that has worsened. His father brought him to the U.S. earlier this year. Both Abdullah and his father are U.S. citizens.
Abdullah's father, Ali Hassan of Stockton, broke down in tears at a news conference held Monday in Sacramento as he pleaded with authorities to allow Swileh to travel to the U.S.
"My wife is calling me every day wanting to kiss and hold our son for one last time," Hassan said. "Time is running out, please help us get my family together again."
Shaima Swileh will get on the earliest available flight out of Egypt, said Basim Elkarra, the executive director of council's Sacramento Valley chapter. The shortest flights with the fewest stops to San Francisco can last 20 hours or more.
Money secured through a fundraising effort will pay for her flight and the boy's funeral, he said.
The Trump administration's travel ban, which replaced two earlier versions blocked by lower courts, bars travel to the U.S. from seven countries, five of which are predominantly Muslim: Libya, Iran, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. The other two are North Korea and Venezuela.