Monday, 6 March 2017

Syrian refugee confused, hopeful about US ban

Syrian refugee Mahmoud Mansour says President Donald Trump's revised travel ban leaves him confused, but hopeful that he, his wife and four young daughters will eventually reach the United States.

The Mansours are potential candidates for resettlement to the U.S. and have undergone vetting over the past year. Mansour, an artisan who embroiders traditional dresses, says his brother Suleiman and his family entered the U.S. a day before Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration.

The 43-year-old said Monday he was devastated by Trump's original Jan. 27 travel ban, which barred Syrian refugees from the U.S. until further notice. The revised version suspends the entire refugee program for four months, but no longer singles out Syrians.

Mansour says the uncertainty is tough, but that "I am powerless, and I have to wait."

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