The executive order caused chaos for a father and husband trying to get home to his family
A pregnant mother in the U.S. and her toddler son are facing the unimaginable: dad possibly can’t come home. Trump’s immigration order temporarily blocked a husband and father from getting back into the United States, a country he has legally resided in, and left the family with enormous uncertainty.
Taylor Melton, of Georgia, wrote about her sister-in-law Skylar’s heartbreaking situation in a Facebook post last night, that has since gone viral. She posted a photo of the family including Skylar’s husband Mohammed and their two-year old son, Zade.
The couple has been married for four years and they’re expecting another baby in June.
“After an overdue visit with his family in Iraq, Mohammed, who legally resides in the United States as a green card holder, was just stopped from re-entering the country,” Melton writes. “With this ban, Mohammed could be kept from his pregnant wife, his young child, his home, and his job for 90 days.”
Melton tells Scary Mommy that since the post has gone viral, she’s learned that Mohammed was able to board a plane in Istanbul to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
“He should be landing at JFK later this evening. His attorney and ACLU are on standby awaiting his arrival,” Melton says.
It’s a small glimmer of hope in a messy ordeal, but nonetheless still deeply unsettling for the family. The raw feelings are felt in her Facebook post.
“Look at their faces. Look at Skylar. Look at Mohammed. Look at sweet Zade. These are the people our president’s ridiculous, racist, and xenophobic orders impact,” Melton wrote.
She’s imploring us to look around at what this completely inhumane immigration order is doing to families right here in the U.S. It’s tearing them apart.
“When you stand by silently or support this type of Islamophobic bullshit, remember their faces.” Melton wrote. “They aren’t radical extremists. They aren’t terrorists. They are my family. The family of a blonde hair, blue eyed, white, Christian, American born, woman. Do they matter to you now?”
President Trump’s recent executive order blocks citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen — from entering the U.S. for 90 days. The order also suspends entry to all refugees for 120 days, temporarily. It also bans entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely.
As shock waves from the ban sent airports around the globe into utter chaos, we found out our own airports were detaining green card holders, valid visa holders, and those with valid refugee status, according to the New York Times. In some cases, these people were being barred from getting on planes to the U.S. in the first place and were being sent back to the country they were traveling from. Protests erupted denouncing the refugee order on Saturday in at airports in major U.S. cities: New York, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston and outside Washington, D.C. according to NPR.
In response to the global outrage, a federal judge in New York issued a stay late Saturday that allowed people stranded in airports to temporarily avoid deportation. Several people who were detained were later freed.
These devastated families impacted by the immigration order are all around us. Lest we forget, these people are our neighbors, teachers, fellow church goers, family members and friends. They’re the people writing your news articles. They’re me.
My husband is an Iranian-American who was born here in the U.S. We have two beautiful part-Iranian daughters. Many of our family members are Muslim and are rightfully freaking out. They’re wondering if they’re going to see their family members ever again, especially the elderly ones. My kids are potentially being robbed of precious time, time they won’t get back, with their loved ones. Make no mistake, this is really hard on my family and many others like us.
We’re not terrorists. Our family doesn’t believe in the radical, erroneous, and disgusting perversion of Islam that terrorists cling to. Terrorists live all over the world, not just in Muslim countries.
This ban is literally ripping families apart. There’s nothing “great” or “American” about it.