LODI, Calif. – The daddy of a 2-year-old boy who was separated from his Yemeni mom till she efficiently fought the Trump administration’s journey ban to see him in the USA laid his physique to relaxation Saturday, a day after the kid was taken off life assist at a hospital.
Beneath a cloudless winter day, Ali Hassan carried his son’s small physique to bury at an Islamic cemetery in California’s Central Valley.
“I am a U.S. citizen; my son is a U.S. citizen,” the 22-year-old father informed mourners at a service earlier than burial. “The Muslim ban saved my spouse from coming to the U.S. for over a yr. It pressured me to decide on between my son’s well being and protecting our household collectively. We’re indignant, however we all know our son didn’t die in useless.”
The kid’s distraught mom mourned privately at house.
Abdullah Hassan died Friday at UCSF Benioff Kids’s Hospital in Oakland, the place his father, introduced him within the fall to get therapy for a degenerative mind situation. He had been on life assist when his 21-year-old mom, Shaima Swileh, arrived final week.
Hassan and his spouse moved to Egypt after marrying in war-torn Yemen in 2016. As a result of she is Yemeni, Swileh was restricted from touring to the USA beneath the White Home journey ban that is protecting residents from Yemen and 4 different principally Muslim international locations, together with North Korea and Venezuela, from coming into the nation.
When the boy’s well being worsened, the daddy went forward to California in October to get their son assist. Because the couple fought for a waiver, medical doctors put Abdullah on life assist.
“My spouse is asking me each day desirous to kiss and maintain her son for the one final time,” mentioned Hassan, choking up at a information convention earlier this month.
He began dropping hope and was contemplating pulling his son off life assist to finish his struggling. However then a hospital social employee reached out to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which sued on Dec. 16, mentioned Basim Elkarra, govt director of the advocacy group in Sacramento.
The State Division granted Swileh a waiver the following day, and he or she has since acquired a visa to remain within the nation.
She was pictured cradling her son within the hospital 10 days in the past.
“With their braveness, this household has impressed our nation to confront the realities of Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban,” mentioned Saad Sweilem, a lawyer with the council who represents the household. “In his quick life, Abdullah has been a guiding mild for all of us within the combat in opposition to xenophobia and household separation.”
Ali Hassan mentioned he hopes his household’s wrestle will result in coverage modifications and households like his is not going to must separate.
This story has been corrected to point out that the boy’s first identify is spelled Abdullah, not Abdallah.