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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

America's loss is Canada's gain

Syrian couple separated by U.S. travel ban reunited in Toronto

Khaled Almilaji was refused re-entry to the U.S. and stranded in Turkey — separated from his pregnant wife.
In January, Khaled Almilaji’s face was on news websites and papers around the world, symbolizing the chaos and heartache following U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting seven predominantly Muslim countries.
On Friday night, his face was a study in emotions: relief, fatigue and overwhelming joy at seeing his wife after a forced six-month absence.
A short aid mission in Turkey at the border of his native Syria had left the 35-year-old doctor in limbo. Because of the travel ban, Almilaji was refused re-entry into the U.S., where he was pursuing a postgraduate degree in public health and where his pregnant wife was waiting for him to come home to Rhode Island.

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